Published 11 May 2018
An essay by SEI Key Researcher Astrida Neimanis and Jennifer Mae Hamilton has been featured in the latest issue of Feminist Review, which explores the topic of gender and environment.
Their essay titled weathering describes ‘the subtle structures of power’ that impact the way different bodies ‘weather’ climate change. Taking Pine Avenue, a street in the Sydney suburb of Earlwood, as a simple illustration, Neimanis and Hamilton tease out the complex impacts of climatic transformation on different bodies and the need to understand weather as ‘more-than-meteorological’.
The essay highlights that those living on Pine Avenue are especially exposed to the rising sea levels and stronger storm surges of climate change, but each of these Pine Avenue bodies also weather climate change differently.
“Weather is pervasive in ways that makes distinctions between the meteorological and the social rather leaky, not unlike the much-critiqued nature/culture divide. While climate change certainly affects us all, challenges related to sea level rise, food insecurity, and increasing naturalcultural disasters always cut along gendered, raced, classed and colonial lines, in well-documented ways”
The essay highlights that ‘weathering’ climate change means learning to live with the evolving weather conditions and that this is “never separable from the ‘total climate’ of the social, political and cultural existence of bodies.”
This special issue examines other important topics related to gender and environment, such as ethics, justice, kinship, and desire. To access the entire special issue of Feminist Review, click here.
Astrida is convening the upcoming event; Everyday Militarisms & their Environments part of a MASSIF Fellowship entitled “What the Ocean Remembers,” in collaboration with the SEI.
About the Authors:
Astrida Neimanis is a Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and Key Researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute. Her research is located at the intersection of feminist theory and environmental humanities, with a focus on water, weather and bodies. Her latest book Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology was published in 2017 (Bloomsbury). Astrida is also Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities. Her current project is investigating military and chemical legacies at the bottom of the sea.
Jennifer Mae Hamilton is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of New England, Armidale. From 2016 to early 2018 she was a postdoctoral researcher funded by The Seed Box at Linkoping University in Sweden and housed in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in Australia. Her current project is called Weathering the City (weatheringthecity.wordpress.com). Her first book is This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).
Together, Jennifer and Astrida initiated the COMPOSTING Feminisms and the Environmental Humanities (compostingfeminisms.wordpress.com) reading and research group in 2015, and are founding members of The Weathering Collective (weatheringstation.net), with Tessa Zettel, Rebecca Giggs and Kate Wright. Since 2015, they have also jointly hosted the Feminist, Queer and Anticolonial Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene! (hackingtheanthropocene.wordpress.com) event series, which is now being rearticulated as a living book, in collaboration with Susan Reid and Sigi Jottkandt.