Workshop: “Weathering as Intersectional Feminist Praxis” @ Goldsmiths

Feminist Review

Readers might be interested in this upcoming workshop, connected to the Feminist Review Environment Special Issues, in which I also have an article.

via Yasmin Gunaratnam/Feminist Review

In conjunction with the publication of Feminist Review Issue 118 – Environment, we are pleased to co-host a workshop with the Centre for Feminist Research (Goldsmiths) on the theme of environmental humanities and feminism with Astrida Neimanis* at Goldsmiths on Wednesday 24th October 2018, 2-5 pm.

The workshop will explicitly take up the concept of “weathering” as an embodied engagement with climate change. Through discussion, writing, reflection, and interactive exercises, we will examine how weathering is a more-than-meteorological process in which lineaments of power entangle ecological, social, and political worlds. We invite applications from postgraduate students, early career scholars, activists and artists who are interested in participating in this inter-active workshop.

Please send a short statement (250-300 words) outlining your areas of work and how it would benefit from participation in the workshop to Astrida at by 1 October 2018. Participants will be asked to read “Weathering” (Neimanis and Hamilton, feminist review 118 [2018]: 80-84) as advance preparation.

The workshop will be followed by a public talk by Astrida Neimanis: Naming without Claiming? Citation Practices and Feminist Foundations in Environmental Humanities

Discussant Kathryn Yusoff** (Geography, Queen Mary, London)

From the nature/culture binary to the notion of situated knowledges, feminist conceptual labours are arguably foundational to contemporary environmental humanities scholarship. Yet, while names like Donna Haraway and Val Plumwood may make their way into bibliographies, most field-defining texts in environmental humanities do not consider how the feminism of such thinkers is integral to their concepts. Based on research conducted with Jennifer Mae Hamilton, this talk considers the stakes of naming feminist figures without claiming their feminist commitments in the process of field formation; it concludes by suggesting how an explicitly feminist environmental humanities might be enacted.

*Astrida Neimanis is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, on Gadigal Country, in Australia. She is Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities, and together with Jennifer Mae Hamilton, coordinates the COMPOSTING feminisms and environmental humanities research group. Her recent book is Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (2017).

**Kathryn Yusoff is Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary (University of London). Her work is centred on dynamic earth events such as abrupt climate change, biodiversity loss and extinction. She is interested in how these “earth revolutions” impact social thought. Broadly, her work has focused on political aesthetics, social theory and abrupt environmental change.

Mutable Matter of the Week: Indoor Clouds

Image Source: Probe.

I haven’t attended to the ‘Mutable Matter of the Week’ section of the blog for a while, so I thought I’d post another example today: Man-made clouds. While man-made clouds have entered the mass-media through stories about geo-engineering plans, they have also entered the art world. They appear to come in two varieties: figurative and literal. The figurative clouds range from the more humble painterly renditions and snow globes to giant mushroom clouds and entire cloud cities.The literal clouds are constructed from similar materials to their natural counterparts and are therefore also characterised by their limited duration. Berndnaut Smilde, architect of the above image, comments in the Washington Post: ‘It’s there for a brief moment and then the cloud falls apart. It’s about the potential of the idea, but in the end it will never function.’ Whether or not this statement also applies to geo-engineering, we shall see. For the moment, it seems valuable to follow the question posed by the snow globe producers of ‘Weather Permitting’: ‘if your environment is an experiment, what kind of experiment do you want it to be?’

PS: Just got reminded to include the man-made clouds of architecture projects such as Diller & Scofidio’s Blur Building and Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo’s Cloudscape. And, there is, of course, the previously mentioned Nanotechnology Ice Cream Cloud project. Feel free to post more examples in the comments!