Roundtable – Feminist Approaches to Environmental Politics

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Roundtable Announcement

Feminist Approaches to Environmental Politics

When: Thursday, 1 June 2023, 3:15 – 4:45 PM EDT

Canadian Political Science Association Meeting, Congress 2023, York University

Feminist Approaches to Environmental Politics Roundtable POster

This roundtable brings together scholars with a shared interest in feminist and intersectional approaches to environmental politics and the examination of environmental challenges through a gendered lens. Collectively, our approaches to these issues encompass a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, and different forms and locations of community, practice, and policy engagement. This roundtable discussion will cover themes that reflect our collective interests and ongoing work, including: 1) gendered experiences and impacts of environmental resource extraction and climate change, and of environmental protection interventions – including among Indigenous communities, and especially in relation to land and water; 2) relationships between environmental and gendered power and violence, and responses and resistances to these; and 3) conceptions of environmental care, justice, and sustainable futures that challenge extractivist, colonial and settler colonial, and gendered forms of violence. We explore these dynamics in a range of ‘localised’ contexts and across boundaries and borders, and in their ‘everyday’ and intimate as well as more public political and global dimensions. Bringing together scholars adopting feminist approaches to the study of these issues from varied perspectives and in varied contexts, the more flexible format of this roundtable will provide an opportunity to engage in deeper dialogue on our respective approaches, experiences, and understandings, and to discuss areas of shared interest as well as directions for collective and collaborative work. In turn, this supports our broader aim of facilitating community-building in this important area of research, community engagement, and political action.


Sarah Marie Wiebe, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Gabrielle Daoust, Assistant Professor, Department of Global and International Studies, University of Northern British Columbia

Katie Mazer, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Acadia University

Rebecca Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Development Studies, Queen’s University

Chair: Leah Levac, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph

This Canadian Political Science Association roundtable is sponsored by York University’s Centre for Feminist Research with support by the Feminist Digital Methods Research Cluster.

Feature Image: 2020 Women’s March, Washington DC, USA. “Because it is.” by risingthermals is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
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Sarah York-Bertram (she/they) is a historian, a qualitative researcher, and a PhD candidate at York University. Their doctoral research is a history of emotions examining the affective basis of judgments and narratives surrounding sexual commerce during Canada’s westward expansion in the nineteenth century and western Canadian colonial worldmaking in the twentieth century. Sarah has fifteen years' experience in intersectional, transnational, and community-based feminist research and eleven years' experience in queer and feminist digital methods. She is a member of York University’s Centre for Feminist Research’s Feminist Digital Methods Research Cluster. Sarah was born and raised in Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan and currently lives in St. Catharines, Ontario. | Jessica DeWitt (she/her) is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States, editor, and digital strategist. She is co-editor-in-chief and social media editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment. She is also a member of York University’s Centre for Feminist Research’s Feminist Digital Methods Research Cluster.

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