As the United Nations Environment Programme marks its 50th anniversary, this conference invites scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, policymakers, legal experts, and activists to think across sectors and disciplines about climate crisis and the injustices, disparities, insecurity, and militarized responses crisis often incurs. We encourage feminist analyses of and responses to growing climate-driven insecurities and their effects on women and other marginalized populations. The conference aims to create a dialogue between policymakers, activists, and academics from diverse disciplines about the goals and methodologies we can use to create a more liveable and just future.
Topics and themes may include
- Feminist solidarity in the face of climate insecurity
- Global disparities in energy use, extractivism, and exported military and agri-toxins
- Anti-colonial, decolonial, and feminist responses to climate insecurity
- Epigenetic effects on women’s health and reproductive health of environmental degradation and poisons
- Marginalized voices and re/building ecofeminist archives
- Feminist creative responses to climate crisis and militarized insecurities
- Feminist jurisprudence and climate crisis
- Globalization, monopolization and control over women/nature/fecundity
- Feminist approaches to the intersection of armed violence and climate insecurity
- Continuums between war, climate chaos, and “everyday” violence against women
- Towards a pedagogy of women, climate, peace, security
- Feminist economic theory and climate insecurity
- Local knowledges and global eco-feminisms
Confirmed keynote speakers
- Lorena Aguilar, FLASCO (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Costa Rica)
- Vidhya Das, Agragamee
- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Workshop: Landscapes of Injustice
The conference also includes an optional pre- and co-conference workshop to develop transdisciplinary methodologies on analyzing discrete landscapes of injustice. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct an analysis of the environment of their choice while sharing and comparing approaches and findings in the workshop.
Women, Climate, Insecurity is co-hosted by Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University, England; and the Human Rights Institute at Binghamton University, USA.
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short professional bio to email@example.com. Panel submissions of up to 500 words, with a short bio for each presenter, are also welcome. We encourage non-traditional, interactive panels and presentations.
We aim to shape a workshop space that includes non-academic partners. We are happy to work with you to shape contributions.
We anticipate being able to support limited simultaneous translations for specific panels. Please indicate in your submission if you would like to present in a language other than English.
Deadline for submissions: December 15
Alexandra Moore, Director, Human Rights Institute, Binghamton University