COOP ~ Reframing Climate Colonialism: Pleasuring the Radical Imagination from Month to Month

Seminar 2: 18 -19 January 2021

Black Care & Disability Justice 

Facilitator/s: Ama Josephine Budge

Guest/s:  Nish Doshi


  • Something So Broken: Black Care in the Wake of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Kyo Maclear 
  • Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, paying particular attention to pages 74-78 - Making Space Accessible is an Act of Love for our Communities
  • Introduction in BodyMinds ReImagined, Sami Schalk
  • Beast of the Southern Wild (film)
    To stream online: 

To pay (ie, if not comfortable streaming, then rent on Amazon/HBO, get a receipt and we will reimburse): 

*This month the DAI COOP sessions will take place over one full DAI day (equalling 10 hours), I have spread these hours out over two days to moderate the durations of time we will be online together. 

**Times below are indicated in Dutch time, please adjust accordingly if you will be joining us from another time zone. 

Monday January 18th   (10am - 1pm & 4pm - 8.30pm)

10am - 11.15am: Check-in / Catch-up

    Warm Up

    Anything to add to the online access doc?

11.15 - 11.30:    Break

11.30 - 1: Reading Discussion - Care Work Dreaming Disability Justice & BodyMinds ReImagined

1 - 4pm: Break

5 - 7pm: Workshop with Nish Doshi - Climate and Disability Justice: Working from Marginalisation, Erasure and Invisibility (with 10 minute break incorporated)

7- 8pm: Dinner

8-9.30pm: In your own time and space watch Beasts of the Southern Wild (if you haven’t already, if it was a long time ago please rewatch it now)

Please also re-cap the CJC preamble that we read last time, ahead of tomorrow’s session. 

To stream online:  

To pay (ie, if not comfortable streaming, then rent on Amazon/HBO, get a receipt and we will reimburse you):

Tuesday January 19th  (2pm - 5.30pm)

2pm - 2.30pm: Warm up

2.30 - 4pm: Discussion - Beasts of the Southern Wild

        Workshop - Speculating on Black Care as Intersectional Future Building

4 - 4.15: Break

4.15 - 5.15pm: How We Care Matters - introduction to the CJC’s Manual for Use

5.15 - 5.30pm: Close / Check-out


Seminar 1: 14-16 November 2020

This week we’ll begin to work with the concept and embodiments of climate colonialism present all around us. The term climate colonialism was an accusation returned to the world’s highest greenhouse gas emitters at the COP21 climate summit (2009).

Climate colonialism is here understood as the historic ontological, epistemological and ecological genocide at the hands of European colonists, the legacy of which we now perceive as climate change. Climate colonialism also engages the global power dynamics of domination and oppression that neo-colonial capitalism reinscribes upon the Global South, who are forced to to pay, economically, ecologically, and socially, for the effects of climate change in cultures, croplands and lives.

Collectively, we’ll explore the ways in which memory-making informs the stories we are told, and how such considerations can inform, or reduce, the possibilities of agency in our readings of climate colonialism, and our ability to respond, to re-frame, to build futures.

We’ll discuss how agency might be found and mental health navigated amidst the crushing weight of colonial violence and the lived violences of racialised life, as well as the collapsing environments of our non-human/alter-life kin.

Finally, we’ll begin to consider the roles and responsibilities of art/ists and cultural institutions within an ecology of environmental transformation, and the way that an intervention like the Climate Justice Code can both insist on and fail to hold them to account.

Essential Readings:

  1. Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, Ursula Le Guin (1988)
  2. What the Sands Remember, Vanessa Agard-Jones (2012)
  3. Watch: Let Them Drown: the violence of othering in a warming world, Naomi Klein (2016)

Additional Reading:

  • Discourse on Colonialism, Aime Cesaire (1955) - PDF available online

Please Bring/Prepare: 

    • A five minute presentation on your work/practice
      • This can be informal
      • If you would like to use slides please bring these on a USB
    • A towel
    • Warm socks
    • A scarf / blanket

Questions to consider: 

    • In what ways is climate change present in the country/ies that inform your identity?
    • What are some of the colonial relationships that affected the environment/agriculture/ human-to-non-human relations in these countries?
    • How does the above inform your understanding of climate colonialism?