Conference: Women, Solidarity, and Ecology
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A multidisciplinary conference exploring the disproportionate impact of ecological degradation on women, with a special focus on environmental and gender injustice such as that arising from mining and other forms of extractivism.
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ points toward the importance of solidarity with the earth and the most marginalized in society by urging us to listen to the “cry of the earth” and the “cry of the poor.” However, not enough attention is paid to both the disproportionate harm that women experience and their disproportionate protagonism in environmental activism and eco-social change. The Women, Solidarity, and Ecology conference intends to address this lacuna by exploring different facets of ecological devastation by integrating gender injustice in questions of social and environmental justice. The conference will specifically draw on the integral ecology paradigm as laid out in Laudato Si’. Integral ecology is not only deliberately transdisciplinary in perspective, but also incorporates philosophical and theological horizons. The wisdom from these traditions in turn provides a dialogical sounding board that may either challenge or reinforce secular societal assumptions that prevail in the West. The conference will examine case studies of those impacted by various forms of entangled environmental and gender injustice, and it aims to engage not only with those whose voices have been marginalised, but also to listen to those taking the lead in activist organisations at the forefront of eco-social transformation.
The following critically urgent and related themes will be examined: a) the need for a different and more ecologically sensitive economics, especially in a post-Covid context; b) the intersection of human rights, gender, and climate change; c) The role of the natural and human sciences in informing public debate and policy making on eco-social change; d) the political and eco-social damage, including biodiversity loss, of mining and other forms of extractivism; e) the structural issues of governance at the local and global level; and f) new approaches to feminist theology in the context of climate change.
Professor Linda Hogan, University of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Revd Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
Professor Tony Bebbington, Ford Foundation, USA
Dr Séverine Deneulin, Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
Professor Catherine Keller, Drew University, USA
Revd Dr Joshtrom Kureethadam, Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Dr Celia Deane-Drummond, Laudato Si' Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
Mauricio López Oropeza, CEAMA (Conferencia Eclesial de la Amazonía)
Muchimba Siamachoka, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Zambia
Dr Sharon A. Bong, Monash University, Malaysia
Professor Michael Northcott, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Fr Tobias Karcher SJ, Lassalle-Haus, Switzerland
Dr Katharina Beyerl, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany
Professor Myles Allen, University of Oxford, UK
Christine Allen, CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)
Revd Dr David Bookless, A Rocha International
Dr Anna Iara, European Commission
Professor Molly Scott Cato, University of Roehampton, UK
Dr Erin Lothes, GCCM (Global Catholic Climate Movement)
Wednesday, 2 June: 12:00 – 16:00 (BST)
Thursday, 3 June: 13:00 – 17:00 (BST)
Friday, 4 June: 13:00 – 15:30 (BST)
We have decided to waive all registration fees for those without institutional support to increase worldwide access to the conference. If you have institutional funding available, please register as suggested below to help defray our costs.
Standard fee – £75
Student fee – £25
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