Hypatia Symposium – Climate Change

Climate Change

pinkcoverIn Hypatia 29.3, a special issue on Climate Change, feminist philosophers Chris Cuomo (author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing) and Nancy Tuana (author of Feminism and Science) focus critical attention on one of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our day. Policy makers have recently begun to acknowledge the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and disadvantaged communities, but feminist analyses of the complex epistemic and political dimensions of climate change, as well as its causes and effects, are urgently needed. This special issue initiates a necessary conversation that will deepen our understanding and help identify promising opportunities for positive change. Co-editors Cuomo and Tuana have invited scholars and activists working at the forefront of feminist climate justice to share their perspectives. Watch the interviews online, and join the co-editors in an open forum on issues on August 18-22, 2014.


Special Issue on Climate Change, Summer 2014

Symposium articles & Interviews:

Climate Change—Editors’ Introduction
Editors, Hypatia Special Issue “Climate Change”
18th August 2014, 9:00am EST
Climate Change Science and Responsible Trust: A Situated Approach
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Middlebury College
18th August 2014, 12:00pm EST
Indigenous Women, Climate Change Impacts, and Collective Action
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University
19th August 2014, 09:00am EST
Only Resist: Feminist Ecological Citizenship and the Post-politics of Climate Change
Lecturer in Environmental Politics in SPIRE, Keele University
19th August 2014, 12:00pm EST
Climate Change and Complacency
Assistant Professor, History & Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University
20th August 2014, 9:00am EST
andrea_gammonchristopher_prestonGender and Geoengineering
Ph.D. candidate, Development Sociology, Cornell University
Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Montana
20th August 2014, 12:00pm EST
Astrida NeimanisWeathering: Climate Change and the “Thick Time” of Transcorporeality
, Researcher, Gender Studies, TEMA Institute,  Linköping University, Sweden
RACHEL LOEWEN WALKER, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan
21st August 2014, 9:00am EST
Climate Change, Buen Vivir, and the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Toward a Feminist Critical Philosophy of Climate Justice

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
21st August 2014, 12:00pm EST


Symposium Interviews:

Video Interview with CAROLYN SACHS
Professor, Rural Sociology & Head of Women’s Studies Department, Pennsylvania State University
19th August 2014, 9:00am EST
Video Interview with NANCY TUANA
Professor of Philosophy &Director of the Rock Institute for Ethics, Pennsylvania State University
20th August 2014, 9:00am EST
Video Interview with PETRA TSCHAKERT
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University
21st August 2014, 9:00am EST
Video Interview with HEIDI GRASSWICK

Professor, Department of Philosophy, Middlebury College

Video Interview with MICHAEL DOAN
Assistant Professor, History & Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University
Video Interview with LLorraine_Code_sORRAINE CODE
Distinguished Research Professor Emerita in philosophy at York University in Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Browse the entire special issue here

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6 thoughts on “Hypatia Symposium – Climate Change”

  1. This is a very good article, but I do have one bone to pick with MacGregor. Is she the newest form of climate sceptic? Critical thinking is put to use to caste Armageddon stories into the light of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. As though, because people have been finding ways to describe and fear the ‘end of the world’ for millennia, they are all crazy loonytunes. In a secular world, it is easy to be sceptical of the fundamentalist parading in a crowded market with their penance cross on their back. Or those frightened of a comet and thinking it heralds the doom of humankind, a plague, a calamity. But just as its important not to universalise subjectivity or democracy, or other normative notions, it is important not to universalise Armageddon stories. Climate change needs to be evaluated in its specificity. The ‘consensus’ of science that it is ‘true’ is a reaction to the scepticism disseminated by the Koch Brothers and other vested interests, trying to slow down the political will to move away from fossil fuels. Is that not where we need to direct our politically savvy critical thinking? At the specificity of the climate discourse?

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