- 9 November 2022
In February 2023, the Climate & Colonialism research project at the Paul Mellon Centre will welcome Professor Astrida Neimanis as a visiting scholar.
In collaboration with Sria Chatterjee, Astrida will be developing feminist and anticolonial frameworks for living with climate change, and exploring artistic practice and practice-based research collaborations as research methodologies. This work is part of Astrida’s research for her current book project, Holdfast: The Feeling of Water.
Astrida Neimanis is a cultural theorist working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change. Her research focuses on bodies, water and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe. Often in collaboration with other researchers, writers, artists and scientists, Astrida’s work features in academic publications, gallery exhibitions and catalogues, and as part of public workshops and events. Her most recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology, is a call for humans to examine our relationships to oceans, watersheds and other aquatic life forms from the perspective of our own primarily watery bodies, and our ecological, poetic and political connections to other bodies of water. Astrida is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Feminist Environmental Humanities at UBC Okanagan on the unceded Syilx and Okanagan lands, in Kelowna, BC, Canada, where she is also Director of the FEELed Lab (https://thefeeledlab.ca/). Other current collaborations include Learning Endings (with Patty Chang and Aleksija Neimanis) and The Weathering Collective (with Jennifer Mae Hamilton and Tessa Zettel).