Critical Environmental Justice (III): Intersectional Environmental Justice

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Executive Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Dean Hardy, Ellen Kohl
Chairs: Ellen Kohl


Intersectional environmental justice is an essential component to critical environmental justice. It builds on Black feminist thought to expand notions of and engagements with what constitutes environmental injustice, and it seeks to interrogate how activists and the state respond to the systemic processes of racial and gendered violence. Intersectional EJ asks scholars to push beyond a focus on distributional, procedural, and recognitional justice and toward a multi-scalar, intersectional lens to examine the matrices of domination that are interwoven with state violence and indispensability (Collins 2000; Pellow 2017; 2018). In this session, we seek to bring together scholars who use intersectionality to examine the processes of environmental justice theoretically, methodologically, or through praxis. We are particularly interested in ways that scholars and activists challenge what the environment and environmental justice mean through their work.

This session is being organized in collaboration with the session stream on Critical Environmental Justice organized by Erin Goodling and Anthony Levenda.

Collins, Patricia Hill. 2000. Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Rutledge.

Pellow, David Naguib. 2018. What is critical environmental justice? Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Erin Goodling*, University of Oregon, Houseless Community Exposure to Environmental Hazards 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Ellen Kohl*, St. Mary's College of Maryland, "Some 'we's weren't part of we:" Inclusion and exclusion in environmental justice activism 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Pavithra Vasudevan*, University of Texas - Austin, “Flesh”ing Out Racialized Toxicity: Black Feminist Materialism 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Nicole Fabricant*, , Destiny Watford, United Workers Free Your Voice, Over-Burdened Bodies and Lands: Industrial Development and Environmental Injustice in South Baltimore 20 4:05 PM
Discussant Kishi Ducre Syracuse University 20 4:25 PM

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