Imagine Otherwise: Anima Adjepong on Interdisciplinary Intuition

Dec 18, 2021 | Podcast

The massive changes we’ve collectively experienced over the past two years of a global pandemic have caused many of us to ask some big questions about who we are and what we want to be doing. It’s also pushed us to embrace our embodied capacity and make conscious changes to nourish our spirit as well as our creative, professional, and communal goals for the future.

It seems only fitting that we close out 2021 with an episode about intuition, or how we learn to listen for and heed that internal voice, that internal sensation, that tells us what we really need.

In episode 144 of Imagine Otherwise, I interview Anima Adjepong. Anima is the author of Afropolitan Projects: Redefining Blackness, Sexualities, and Culture from Houston to Accra and their wide-ranging activist and scholarly work focuses on identity, culture, and social change.

In our conversation, Anima and I chat about letting go of a scarcity mindset to make a big career leap before knowing how it will all play out.

Anima also shares how to use intuition to identify the book you really want to write rather than the one that feels more disciplinarily safe.

Finally, we wrap up the episode with a discussion of how we can embrace intellectual promiscuity to build a world in which community means being together in our differences.

Anima Adjepong wearing a blue shirt. Quote reads: It's scary to begin listening to intuition. But in my experience, the more I listen to it, the stronger that voice gets, that desire gets, that place in my body that says, “Yeah, just do that thing” gets, and it has not led me wrong so far.

Anima Adjepong

Anima Adjepong is a queer African immigrant living and working in the United States. They research, write, and teach about identity, culture, and social change and are particularly interested in how cultural struggles can bring about social transformation.

Anima organizes with Silent Majority, Ghana and is a member of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP).

They are an assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexualities studies at the University of Cincinnati and are the author of Afropolitan Projects: Redefining Blackness, Sexualities, and Culture from Houston to Accra (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

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