A Feminist Research Agenda for Multispecies Justice

Authors: Padini Nirmal*, , Jody Emel, Clark University
Topics: Animal Geographies, Ethics and Justice , Feminist Geographies
Keywords: Multispecies justice, intersectionality, animal geographies, food systems, feminism
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 2
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We propose a feminist research agenda for animal geographies informed by critical race, decolonial, ecofeminist, and other radical theories. We set four intertwined questions: why and how are those oppressions that produce inequity and injustice interlinked? How do we define and enact a multispecies justice without privileging or ranking oppressions? What would be the terms of a non-hierarchical relationship between humans and other animals? How might we conceive the terms of the process of multispecies flourishing and justice? After briefly considering this “template” for moving toward a multispecies justice, we apply the template to an important area of human-animal relations: food systems. Finally, speaking as feminist scholar-activists concerned with realizing multispecies justice to effectively address the complex socio-ecological emergency wrought by global capitalism, we propose future research focus centrally on policy change, targeting the systemic core of oppressive institutions and their production of subjectivities.

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