Feminism and Ecofeminism: A Social Ecology Approach – Register for College Credit

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Begins October 18, Tuesdays at 1pm eastern for eight weeks. Instructor Chaia Heller.

This course is offered for 3 transfer credits through Castleton University. While payment is processed through the Institute for Social Ecology, students must also separately register for the course through Castleton University (details to come).

This class explores the many stranded feminist and ecofeminist movements, looking at their various theoretical and activist tendencies through a social ecology lens. Taking a one-room schoolhouse approach, the class is designed for both newcomers and those familiar with the dynamic fields of social ecology, feminism, and ecofeminism. After providing a social ecology analysis of first and second wave feminism, we’ll explore a range of ecofeminist perspectives on issues including cis-heteropatriarchy, antiracism, anti-colonialism, and intersectionality as well as science, climate justice, and direct democracy.

We’ll also take on epistemological challenges, exploring how ideas such as intersectionality, sex/gender diversity, and dialectical biology can complexify categories of ‘woman’ and ‘nature’ so central to all feminist theory. Throughout, we’ll also be mindful of the relationship between the particular and general dimensions of the revolutionary project, discussing how particularized forms of sex/gender-based oppression are central to the general humanitarian project to create a non-hierarchical, directly democratic, and ecological society.