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Masculinities and Degrowth: breaking away from the hegemonic model

UPDATE: Tadeas Zdarsky will be running this session
Degrowth advocates for new kinds of societies which celebrate frugal abundance and give centre-stage to the wellbeing of people and planet instead of economic growth. Despite the many synergies such views have with those of many feminists, much degrowth writing has repeatedly failed to substantially engage with feminist literature. In this workshop, we suggest hegemonic masculinity as a potential cause, arguing that though the opportunities to engage with feminism are plentiful, degrowth scholarship has mostly ignored them or named them without fully claiming them because doing so could risk undermining one’s status in a society governed by masculinist norms. Drawing from eco/feminist and masculinities studies, we will open a discussion about how we write, speak and do degrowth. We will conduct a participatory workshop, starting with a personal inquiry into how men perceive their gender roles and performances and how they experience the various constraints imposed by masculinist norms, both within the degrowth movement and in their interactions outside it when trying to advance degrowth. We will then seek to outline new avenues for incorporating such reflections into degrowth, and look at the enriching possibilities offered by striking partnerships with relevant men's movements such as those inspired by ecological masculinities and the profeminist movement.


Day: 2023-08-30
Start time: 16:30
Duration: 01:30
Room: ZV-8-7
Type: Non-academic Session
Theme: Feminist, decolonial, anti-racist and anti-ableist ecologies


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