NEW initiative for the journal Local Environment: 'Translations: an occasional series'
Brings non-English language key writing on sustainability and environmental justice to an English speaking audience. In our first review, the German scholar Sandra Huning reviews Frei.Räume, a journal established as a mouthpiece for women’s concerns about urban development, and to contribute feminist perspectives on planning and architecture. The watershed issue 10 both reflects back on the achievements of feminist planners and looks forward to what feminist planning had yet to address. Huning revisits this discussion in the light of our inability to have achieved gender equality and justice in planning, as elsewhere. Huning concludes that we have much to learn from reading earlier radical literatures. Given Germany’s position as a global leader in sustainability, and its strong feminist and Green traditions, this potentially has important lessons for a much wider audience. For more details see here.
Freud Museum, London: Intraplaces - dialogues without words
Saturday 15 September 2018: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Further details can be found here
Artist Elena Cologni in conversation with author Susan Buckingham, whose research and publications address gender and environmental issues. The discussion will investigate how people express their attachment to place non-verbally through the adoption of a nomadic (Braidotti) and dialogic sculpture which Elena designed, based on the principles of the Margaret Lowenfeld Mosaic Box (1954). Aspects of this process were exhibited at New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College of the University of Cambridge (see below), for which she developed the series ‘Intraplaces’.
The active engagement at the Freud Museum concludes a series of encounters in London’s public spaces, the implications of which are then discussed with author Susan Buckingham, whose research and publications address gender and environmental issues.
Cambridge Festival of Ideas: NOMADIC AND DIALOGIC: ART AND ECOFEMINISM
Friday 20 October, 2017: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Murray Edwards College, New Hall Collection, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF
The round table chaired by Director Eliza Gluckman, with artist Elena Cologni, author Susan Buckingham and curator Anna Santomauro positions motherhood in relation to ecofeminism, 'deep' environmentalism, the caring role devalued in neo-liberal societies, to identify in the space between us, inter-corporeal space, micropolitics and haptic communication a way forward. The event expands on some of the questions explored by Cologni in the project 'Seeds of Attachment'. While this set out to investigate the emotional, psycho-geographical condition of motherhood, it also highlighted the crucial role of non-linguistic forms of dialogue at the core of processes of identity construction, and in relation to place. Cologni developed a dialogic sculpture inspired by the Mosaic test box by Margaret Lowenfeld and related Test book (1938) (Lowenfeld Library, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge). Cologni's work and the original Lowenfeld's box are on display between the 16th of October and the 10th of November.
'Seeds of Attachment' is funded by Arts Council England, supported by Art Language Location, Anglia Ruskin University and New Hall Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, Eleanor Gonville Research Centre, University of Lincoln. It was developed as part of a residency at Lowenfeld Library, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.
More details of the event here.
Understanding Climate Change through Gender Relations, edited by Susan Buckingham and Virginie Le Masson is published by Routledge in May 2017.
More details on the 'Writing' page, or direct from Routledge here.
Routledge has expressed a real commitment to publishing on gender and environmental issues. As well as this book and the new book series below, Sherilyn MacGregor's Routledge Handbook on Gender and Environment and Marjorie Griffin Cohen's Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries are both published in May 2017. Check here for more details.
Gender & Environment Book Series
This is a new Routledge Book Series of which I am the Series Editor. The International Editorial Board has just been appointed, and the first manuscripts are expected shortly. Watch this page for details of publications.
The WEN Forum/Break Free Coalition event: 'What's Gender got to do with Climate Change?'
I shared this panel with some amazing and committed women working in different ways to address the causes of climate change, and its impact on particularly the most vulnerable people in society. These were Juliet Davenport, CEO, Good Energy; Pia Hollenstein, Senior Women for Climate Protection, Switzerland; Tina Louise Rothery, The Nanas, UK Anti-Fracking Campaign; Ghalia Fayd, Programme Leader - Arab World Programme, Greenpeace Mediterranean. It was chaired by Dr Halima Began, Chair of WEN Trustees.
The link to my blog, and blogs by Ghalia Fayad and Pia Hollenstein, can be found here.
Invited as advisor to Baltic Gender Project
This Baltic Consortium on Promoting Gender Equality in Marine Research Organisations is an EU-funded project that brings together eight scientific institutions in five countries around the Baltic Sea to work on reducing gender inequalities in Marine Science and Technology. It runs from 2016-2020, and further details can be found here.