Un-earthed: Feminist New Materialism

How can we feminist new materialist theory help us understand our entanglement with nature, climate and its changes?

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This is an online reading group session. You can find the zoom link and the readings on our website.

In this session, we will consider how feminist new materialist theory can help us understand our entanglement with nature, climate and its changes. This approach offers an alternative to dichotomous understandings of environmental change, where the human subject is seen as somehow set apart from their changing surroundings. This dichotomy is intensified in the face of climate change, where climate appears to materially and conceptually escape the limits of human experience and comprehension. Alaimo’s, Neimanis’, and Walker’s work will allow us to reconsider these limits and the very nature of nature and climate.

Readings

Alaimo, S. (2008). Trans-corporeal feminisms and the ethical space of nature.  In S. Alaimo & S. Hekman (Eds.), Material feminisms (pp. 237-264). Indiana University Press. 

Neimanis, A., & Walker, R. L. (2014). Weathering: Climate change and the “thick time” of transcorporeality. Hypatia, 29(3), 558-575. https://doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12064

Tags: Environmental Humanities
Published May 7, 2021 11:49 AM - Last modified May 10, 2021 10:28 AM