Intersectional Ecologies Working Group – Introduction to the working group

Friday, Feb 04, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Introduction to the working group

The Intersectional Ecologies working group investigates the intersections between race, gender, and alternative ecological futures. Positioned at the crossroad between academic research and spatial practice, the group studies the role of technical rationality in producing and maintaining racist, heteropatriarchal, and ecocidal forms of oppression. Within “sustainable” development, narratives of “resilience,” and growth paradigms, practices of hygienism, eco-modernism, and green neocolonialism have offered technological fixes to environmental destruction while funneling capital accumulation.

We challenge these approaches through the lens of critical race theory, Indigenous perspectives, radical and political-ecological feminism, queer ecological critique, and epistemologies from the South that foster relational and non-extractive ways of being in the world. We are interested in learning from place-based forms of resistance to neoliberal logic, including Indigenous claims to ancestral lands, queer collectives building rural communities, urban anarchist enclaves, and Black, feminist, and disability activists.

By studying these practices, we take the difficulty of radical representation in academia seriously: we expose the enabling conditions for our discussions in a first-class university and encourage alternative learning structures. Our intellectual foundation includes collective dialogues and open-access publications to investigate alternative ecological futures in a way that refuses to silence race and gender.   Learn more.

The group is supported with grants from the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Center for Race and Gender, the Draper Architectural History Research Fund and the Arcus Chair of Gender, Sexuality & the Built Environment at the Architecture Department at UC Berkeley.

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