Queer Ecofeminism: From Binary Environmental Endeavours to Postgender Pursuits navigates environmental politics by revisiting ecofeminism through an intersectional lens that enmeshes climate justice with matters revolving around sexuality, gender, race, and far-right politics. Asmae Ourkiya focuses on deconstructing essentialised conceptualisations of femininities, masculinities, and gender identities and reintroduces humanity as a species with much potential that is yet to be unlocked if only “biological sex”, skin color, and indigeneity would not be classist factors shaping humans into hierarchical classes. This work draws from analyzing a diverse and carefully chosen selection of artwork, film productions, and historical events to showcase the potency of ecofeminism.
Asmae Ourkiya holds a PhD from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Ecofeminism: Inception, Development, and Challenges
Chapter 2: On De-essentializing Ecofeminism
Chapter 3: Gendered Climate Politics: Between the Far-Right and Social Justice
Chapter 4: Queering Ecofeminism: Challenging Heteronormative Far-Right Politics
Chapter 5: Postgender Semiotics
This is very much a book of the 21st century. Written through a broadly theoretical framework which privileges an ecofeminist perspective, it also looks at issues of climate change and climate politics through the autoethnographic experience of the author. This blend of quite complicated and contemporary theory with the lived experience of the author, offering a measured and wide-ranging critique of right-wing political ideologies on the issues of gender and climate, is an original and evocative credo, and one which will be both popular and significant. It is an important document describing the world in which we live.
Asmae Ourkiya has produced a compelling and persuasive work that re-fashions how we think and practice ecocritical theory. This is a seminal intervention that is replete with penetrating insights and analyses of a skein of visual and verbal texts, a study that is immersed in, and mobilizes, the most advanced theory available to contemporary ecocritics. Ourkiya urges the field to reflect on its origins, its current priorities and, most pressingly, its future prospects and trajectories.
In a time when both environmental and gender matters are at the forefront of global public debate, Asmae Ourkiya’s Queer Ecofeminism provides the perfect reminder that these issues are deeply interconnected. Using both personal experience and scholarly research, Ourkiya successfully reimagines ecofeminism, freeing it from its historical essentialism in order to provide us with new ways of imagining the self and our material and emotional relationships to the more-than-human world.