Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis

University of British Columbia
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Astrida Neimanis writes about water, bodies, and weather from intersectional feminist perspectives. Their most recent book is Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology. Often in collaboration with artists, scientists, and communities, their work uses i nterdisciplinary and practice-based methods to experiment in different ways of knowing and being. Astrida is a white settler from the Baltic Sea region who grew up mostly on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee lands i n Southern Ontario. They are currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities and UBC Okanagan, where they are also Director of The FEELed Lab.

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Bodies of Water, Anchored and Untethered
November 11, 2022 | 9:00 AM

The concept of bodies of water, as a feminist figuration, describes an ontology of embodiment premised on difference, interpermeation, and gestation. As bodies of water, we are all flowing into and out of one another, and i n doing so bathing other bodies into being, in a wondrous wet world of unfathomable alterity. In this talk, I revisit t his concept specifically in relation to current attention to site-specific, place-based and grounded ontologies and ethics that might (on the surface) seem to challenge the free-flowing circulations of planetary waters. How do we become bodies of water without denying responsibilities t o place? In the context of heteropatiarchal settler colonial climate change, understanding the ethics of anchoring and untethering seem more urgent than ever.

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