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Women and Nature: Ecofeminism in Theory and Practice 

This course is open for applications. See how to apply here.

Is there a connection between the oppression of women and the oppression of nature? Can our current ecological crisis be averted if we address the exploitation of women too? Ecofeminists say ‘yes’ to both questions. They claim that our domination over animals, earth and people for the sole purpose of generating wealth is at the root of our environmental predicament. Women and nature are intimately intertwined and we need to critically examine this relation. This introductory seminar will offer a comprehensive overview of the most significant ecofeminist thinkers to date and identify their major interventions in politics, culture, philosophy and art. We will look at various forms of ecofeminism: vegetarian, spiritual, materialist as well as consider ecofeminist activism in contemporary environmental movements. We will examine ecofeminist artworks, community projects and spiritual practices. What is more, we will engage with the question of gender: Does one have to be a biological woman to be an ecofeminist? Finally, we will consider the critiques of ecofeminism to evaluate ecofeminism’s potential for future political, social and cultural change.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.  

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.    

General:

Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.

Lecturer

Iwona Janicka

AIAS-COFUND Fellow, Assistant Professor