Feminist Eco Futures: Critical Spatial Practice
2013 (English)In: Feeling in Common: Making and enacting convivial spaces, 2013Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Félix Guattari, in The Three Ecologies (1989) broadens the notion of ecology and speaks of environmental, social and mental ecologies taking ecology beyond merely environmental concerns to include social relations and human subjectivity. His critique resembles feminist critiques of the Western linear developmental model, notions of hierarchy and competition as driving forces in the economy, dominant notions of legitimate knowledge, and power relations between genders/ species (Harding 2008, 2009; Haraway 1988; hooks 2010, 2003, 2000, 1984). Feminist utopian thinkers have provided alternative narratives of the future – demanded spatial justice, and the acknowledgement of local and gendered knowledge (Ivana Milojevic, 1996). Radical feminist economic geographers hope to disarm the dominance of the capitalist economy by making space for diverse economies with different transactions, different types of labour and different forms of economic enterprises (J.K. Gibson-Graham, 1996, 2006, 2011).
Based on these references, “Feminist Eco-Futures: Critical Spatial Practices”, examines three feminist/radical future praxes and projects in architecture as alternative spatial and social possibilities for the future – that attempt to alter specific conditions, through projective acts and fictions, collaborative practices, pedagogies, language and representation. In the paper we argue that transforming social and professional practices and shifting values are key issues for bringing about change towards more environmentally just futures. The aim is to give an account of collective practices in planning and architecture that explore alternative models of economy and power relations, and to discuss the potential impact of such transformative practices in a wider socio-economic context as suggestions for the future.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Feminist theory, diverse economies, feminist practice
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-139313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-139313DiVA: diva2:684696
5th Nordic Geographers' Meeting "Feeling in common: making and enacting convivial spaces"; Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 June, 2013
QC 201406192014-01-082014-01-082014-06-19Bibliographically approved