Que(e)rdenker*innen united: thinking and practicing queerfeminism in an eco-context – Klimacamp

Que(e)rdenker*innen united: thinking and practicing queerfeminism in an eco-context

by Giulia Andrighetto and Judith Ezra Mühlbacher

This course will be conducted in English, if you need German whisper translation let us know in your registration.
Dieser Kurs wird in Englisch durchgeführt. Falls du Übersetzung ins Deutsche brauchst, gib das bitte in deiner Anmeldung an.

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The Klimacamp 2020 Summer School Workshop series on queerfeminism will give an introduction to queerfeminist thought – in a broader sense as well as with an environmental focus – all the while seeking its practical application: to the contexts of our lived experiences, to various eco-movements, and the practice space of our workshop group collective.

In the first workshop, after getting to know each other and our expectations, we will negotiate practices of communication, knowledge exchange, and care, that will set the tone for our collective work. In an introductory phase we will then engage with theoretical key concepts of queerfeminism. The goal will be to investigate how our situatedness within normative power dynamics influences our everyday life, entangling us in a complex web of privileges and marginalizations. To illustrate this visually, we will do an exercise called “Privilege walk”, discussions of which will allow the participants to better understand theoretical concepts through an initial reflection on their lived experience, and to start building a critical queerfeminist lens from there.

In the second workshop we will start discussing how the key concepts introduced on day 1 can bring critical insights to the conversation surrounding ecology and environmentalism. We will introduce the main contributions and limitations of traditional ecofeminism, and discuss some critical contributions of queer ecology. In order to practice environmental and systemic critiquing through a queerfeminist lens, we will analyse and discuss image material together.

In the third workshop, after a small recap of our main learnings so far, the participants will be invited to look at a variety of environmental movements (e.g. climate justice, ecosexuality, animal rights, etc.) and apply the critical framework we have been building together. Discussions will be carried out in small groups, and then the main insights will be shared and debated with the whole group. The day will be mostly dedicated to practical application of theory and learning from existing practice.

In the fourth workshop, we will apply the main findings of the critical analysis carried out on the previous day to the direct experience of the participants, be it a work experience in an environmental NGO, a volunteering experience in a climate movement or association, or experiences of activism and civil disobedience. The participants will be invited to reflect individually and collectively about how the knowledge we co-created might be applied to critically improve their personal work or engagement, and its context. For that, we will use specific strategies of inclusive communication to further add to the tool kit the participants will be able to take with them.

The workshops will be held in English with the option of whisper translation and further clarification in German by one of the instructors. A reading list will be provided several weeks beforehand.

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Bios:

Giulia Andrighetto is an internationally educated and multilingual critical queerfeminist with a Master in Gender Studies. Her interest and knowledge lie in the intersection between queerfeminism, ecology, western philosophy and capitalist critique. Recently, she has been focusing her research work on the study of alternative forms of economic solidarity, specifically on sustainable intentional communities. When she is not working on investigating social inequalities and how to tackle them, she spends time researching and practicing mindfulness, meditation, and generally engaging in positive mental health practices.

Judith Ezra Mühlbacher is an independent researcher with a background in sociology, international development studies, environmental studies and sustainability science. In their most recent academic endeavours they sought impulses for cultural and systemic transformation from queer-ecological activist, artistic and community practice, using arts-based research methods. As a transdisciplinary scholar, they are very curious about non-normative ways of knowledge production and -integration, particularly embodied practices of dance, movement, eco-somatics, and mindfulness. From this, they also draw inspiration for sustainable and conscious activism strategies.