ENVIRONMENTAL FEMINISMS AND QUEER ECOLOGIES
This course simultaneously incorporates lenses of environmental studies, feminist theory, and queer theory to ask several central questions: How is nature conceptualized in contemporary U.S. society? How does the subjugation and commodification of nature coincide with systems of oppression on the grounds of race, gender, sexuality, and species? How and why do environmental protection discourses conceptualize reproduction as central to human livelihood? What might queer understandings of reproduction, population, and sovereignty look like?
This course is primarily a theory course, examining the way that environmental protection theory has been articulated since Rachel Carson rang the environmental alarm in 1962 with Silent Spring. In order to better understand this scholarship, we will also examine recent popular discourses of feminist environmentalism, queer ecologies, and environmental justice through popular culture representations of both nature and environmental protection. In so doing, we will seek to understand how racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia shape environmentalism. We will primarily discuss the way that ecofeminists, queer ecologists, and environmental justice activists have articulated reproduction in the face of environmental destruction. In this class, we will discuss environmental issues such as toxic waste dumping, water pollution, and animal agriculture.
THIS COURSE INCORPORATES LENSES OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, FEMINIST STUDIES AND QUEER THEORY. WE WILL TRACE THE GENEALOGY OF ECOFEMINISMS FEMINIST ENVIRONMENTALISMS, AND QUEERCOLOGIES AND WILL ANALYZE ACADEMIC ECOFEMINIST TEXTS AND POPULAR REPRESENTATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO UNDERSTAND HOW RACISM COLONIALISM, SEXISM, AND TRANSPHOBIAS SHAPE OUR ENVIRONMENTS AND OUR DISCUSSIONS OF PROTECTING IT.