This conversation is part of The Animal Justice and Animal Politics Conversation Series hosted by the Global Research Network Think Tank, Programme on Animals & Biodiversity, and chaired by Pablo P. Castello, Junior Fellow of the Think Tank, PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, and former researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law.
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From its inception, ecofeminist scholarship has stressed that human and non-human animals lead entangled lives, and that we need to be sensitive to the bonds that exist between and among animals (human or otherwise), our shared vulnerabilities, and connection to earth and nature. Feminism, however, is not only a discipline or academic field, it is an everyday practice that requires attentiveness to what we do and how we do it. For this reason, ecofeminism is as much an academic field as a social movement that seeks to transform our political system through an ethic of care.
In this conversation, Lori Gruen, a leading philosopher and ecofeminist scholar, will walk us through the history of the ecofeminist movement and field. Lori will explain some of the key insights of her work, and discuss some contentious topics in the field: How can we empathise with those who do not wear shoes? What does a human-animal relationship entail? Does feminism entail a contextual veganism? We will end by imagining a more caring and attentive future: How can humans co-author the next ecofeminist steps with other animals?
About the Speaker
Lori Gruen is a leading scholar in Animal Studies and Feminist Philosophy. She is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011, second edition 2021), Critical Terms for Animal Studies (Chicago, 2018), Entangled Empathy (Lantern, 2015), Ethics of Captivity (Oxford, 2014), and Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with other Animals and the Earth (co-edited with Carol Adams, Bloomsbury 2014, second edition 2022). Her work in practical ethics and political philosophy focuses on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of colour, incarcerated people, and non-human animals. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics and was the founding chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan. Gruen has documented the history of The First 100 Chimpanzees in research in the US and has an evolving website that documents the journey to sanctuary of the remaining chimpanzees in research labs, The Last 1000.
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