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Philosophy Program

What is Ecofeminism? A debate with Catherine Larrère

University Room: Omid & Gisel Kordestani Rooftop Conference Center (Q-801)
69 Quai d'Orsay
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 17:00 to 18:30

The term "ecofeminism" is at the center of many contemporary debates, even though its origins are far from recent. Coined through the fusion of "ecology" and "feminism," this term is often attributed to Françoise d'Eaubonne in a 1974 text in which she argued that "it is better to have an appointment with women than with the apocalypse."

Both in its origins and in contemporary discourse, this concept is used to signify the convergence of ecological and women's struggles worldwide. But if ecology is a concern for everyone, why should women play such a decisive role? On what philosophical and political foundations can a relationship between women and nature be claimed without falling into a form of essentialism? We will explore these questions with Catherine Larrère, professor emeritus at the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and author of an extensive body of environmental philosophy work, including her latest text, "Écoféminisme."

The debate will be moderated by Germana Berlantini, lecturer in Environmental Ethics at AUP and postdoctoral researcher at the Centre des Politiques de la Terre.


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