Matters of Care: #bodiesofwater #futures #hydrofeminisms 
18.11.21, 6 PM
@ LE 18
Reading Circle # 1
Hydrofeminism: Or, On Becoming a Body of Water by Astrida Neimanis

“From watery womb to watery world: we are bodies of water.’’

Part of a series of gatherings conceived by Shayma Nader and Francesca Masoero for MoC, this learning circle digs into the thinking of cultural theorist Astrida Neimanis. Working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change, Neimanis focuses on bodies, water, and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe.

During this learning circle we will read to each other and discuss excerpts of Neimanis’s texts, intervalling this with moments of collective listening into watery soundscapes.

A continuation of QANAT’s interrogations, this circle and the ones coming up in the next two months take water, its marine spaces and terrestrial infrastructures, as a starting point to explore different forms of resistance to dominant narratives and manifestations of power.

How can we sketch new possibilities for living together otherwise grounding on what water and its cultures carry and keep murmuring to us?

Underwater mythologies, aquatic cosmologies, popular narrations, and stories, but also current and past struggles, human and non-human across different territories will be the starting point of our conversations.

Astrida Neimanis, ‘Hydrofeminism: Or, On Becoming a Body of Water’ in: Undutiful Daughters: Mobilizing Future Concepts, Bodies and Subjectivities in Feminist Thought and Practice, eds. Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. [link]

Other reading references available here [link]