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There is a growing recognition of the importance of transgender perspectives on the environment. Unlike more established approaches in the environmental humanities and queer studies, transecology is a nascent inquiry whose significance and scope are just being articulated. Drawing on the fields of gender studies and ecological studies, contributors to this volume engage major concepts widely used in both fields as they explore the role of identity, exclusion, connection, intimacy, and emplacement to understand our relationship to nature and environment.
The theorists and ideas examined across multiple chapters include Stacy Alaimo’s notion of "trans-corporeality" as a "contact zone" between humans and the environment, Timothy Morton’s concept of "mesh" to explore the interconnectedness of all beings, Susan Stryker’s notion of trans identity as "ontologically inescapable," Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson’s history of the development of queer rural spaces, Judith Butler’s analysis of gender as "performative," with those who are not "properly gendered" being seen as "abjects"—and Julia Serano’s contrasting rejection of gender as performance.
Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature will be of great interest to scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in transgender studies, gender studies, ecocriticism, and environmental humanities.
Susan Stryker, PhD, University of Arizona, USA
Greta Gaard, PhD, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, USA
Introduction. "Transecology: (Re)Claiming the Natural, Belonging, Intimacy, and Impurity"
Anna Bedford, PhD, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA
Chapter 1. ‘The Bog is in Me’: Transecology and The Danish Girl
Elizabeth Parker, PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Chapter 2. Coming Out, Camping Out: Theorizing Gender and Nature through Transparent
Katherine Thorsteinson, PhD, St. Thomas University, Canada and Hee-Jung Serenity Joo, PhD, University of Manitoba, Canada
Chapter 3. Posthuman Ecological Intimacy, Waste, and the Trans Body in Nånting måste gå sönder (2014)
Wibke Straube, PhD, Karlstad University, Sweden
Chapter 4. A Journey Through Eco-apocalypse and Gender Transformations: New Perspectives on Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve
Julia Kuznetski, PhD, Tallinn University, Estonia
Chapter 5. Chinese Literature, Ecofeminism, and Transgender Studies
Peter I-min Huang, PhD, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Chapter 6. Gendercrossing at the Frontier: Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s Transgender Memoirs in the Alborz Mountains
Mat Fournier, PhD, Ithaca College, USA
Chapter 7. Transplacement: Nature and Place in Carter Sickels’s ‘Saving’ and ‘Bittersweet’
Katie Hogan, PhD, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Chapter 8. Sexuate Ecologies and the Landmarking of Transgender Cultural Heritage
Nicole Anae, PhD, Central Queensland University, Australia
Chapter 9. Transgender: An Expanded View of the Ecological Self
Gail Grossman Freyne, LLB, PhD, The Family Therapy & Counselling Centre, Australia
Chapter 10. ‘Good Animals’: The Past, Present, and Futures of Trans Ecology
Nicole Seymour, PhD, California State University, Fullerton, USA
"You’d Be Home: Meditations on Transecologies"
Finn Enke, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Until October 2015, Susan Buckingham was Professor in the Centre for Human Geography at Brunel University, where she had extensive programme development, teaching and research experience. Susan is now working as an independent researcher, consultant and writer on gender and environment related issues.
With the European Union, United Nations, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and national governments and businesses at least ostensibly paying more attention to gender, including as it relates to environments, there is more need than ever for existing and future scholars, policy makers, and environmental professionals to understand and be able to apply these concepts to work towards greater gender equality in and for a sustainable world.
Comprising edited collections, monographs and textbooks, this new Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments series will incorporate sophisticated critiques and theorisations, including engaging with the full range of masculinities and femininities, intersectionality, and LBGTIQ perspectives. The concept of ‘environment’ will also be drawn broadly to recognise how built, social and natural environments intersect with and influence each other. Contributions will also be sought from global regions and contexts which are not yet well represented in gender and environments literature, in particular Russia, the Middle East, and China, as well as other East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris, Editor for Environment and Sustainability: [email protected]
International Editorial Board
Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Giovanna Di Chiro is Professor of Environmental Studies and teaches in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College, USA.
Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist who is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Martin Hultman is a Senior Lecturer at Linköping University, Sweden.
Virginie Le Masson is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, London, UK.
Sherilyn MacGregor is a Reader in Environmental Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.
Tanja Mölders is an environmental scientist. Since 2013 she is University Professor and holds the chair "Space and Gender" at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.
Karen Morrow is Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University, UK.
Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design at Westminster University, UK.