Talk Title: Weathering
Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm
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This talk will define the feminist concept of “weathering” and describe how it can be used to guide research design and analysis in interdisciplinary environmental studies. We will illustrate how this concept works using practical examples from our own research as The Weathering Collective, and other initiatives in Canada (The FEELed Lab) and Australia (Community Weathering Station). People interested in climate change want us to speak about the rain, but we want to speak about social relations. Attentive to the logic of weathering, we can build a new language to speak about how meteorological weather intersects with anthropocentric politics and infrastructures in ways that insist that weather, and by extension climate change, are always more-than-meteorological. Weathering demands that research on climate change attend to the experiences and inheritances of bodies in all of their differences. As we are always weathering, how can we use this capacious concept to help shape research methods and questions? How might these questions illuminate different kinds of mitigation and adaptation measures as necessary for better weathering?
Astrida Neimanis is Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities, and Director of the FEELed Lab at UBC Okanagan (Kelowna, Canada); Jennifer Mae Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at UNE (Armidale, Australia) and founder of CoWS (The Community Weathering Station). Since 2015, Jennifer and Astrida have been been experimenting, researching, writing, and making together: as co-coordinators of COMPOSTING Feminisms and the Environmental Humanities; as co-convenors of Hacking the Anthropocene 2016-2018, and (with Tessa Zettel) as founding members of The Weathering Collective. Their most recent co-authored publication is “Feminist Infrastructures for Better Weathering” (Australian Feminist Studies, 2021).