If The Earth is Not Your Mother, Are You from Mars? : Ecospirituality, Gender, and Environmental Activism

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Photo by Michael Prewett on Unsplash

Photo by Michael Prewett on Unsplash

Conférence de Susannah CROCKFORD, Post-Doctoral Researcher, NARMESH Department of Literary Studies, Universiteit Gent, Belgium

de 17h15 à 19h00
Anthropole 5033

Dans le cadre du colloque de recherche ISSR : "Enquêter en sciences des religions : psychologie, sociologie et sciences sociales des migrations".


Ecospirituality in Anglophone countries is strikingly gendered, with important consequences for spiritually-inspired environmental activism. The Earth is framed as a mother, nature as female. The current ecological crisis is spoken of as a sickness of the Earth. Based on ethnographic, interview, and survey data from the US and UK, in this talk I discuss how ecospirituality is conceptually undergirded with specific articulations of gender, and what outcomes this produces in terms of environmental activism.