Video – “Making Matter Great Again? Ecofeminism, New Materialism and the Everyday”

That’s how the light gets in: In conversation with Sherilyn MacGregor and David Schlosberg

In her recent article, ‘Making matter great again? Ecofeminism, new materialism and the everyday turn in environmental politics’ Sherilyn MacGregor highlights the absence of ecofeminism in contemporary green political thought, shining light through the cracks in research that marries new materialism and everyday environmentalism. David’ Schlosberg’s work in ‘sustainable materialism’ illustrates motivations and theory-making in movements dedicated to changing material systems and flows – creating cracks in, and alternatives to, unsustainable food, energy, and fashion systems. Both scholars introduce their arguments and reflections before discussing how each has influenced the other’s work over the past 15 years.


00:00   Introduction – Christine Winter and Magdalena Rodekirchen
07:15   Making Matter Great Again – Sherilyn MacGregor
18:50   Embracing Critiques and Reawakening Research – David Schlosberg
32:35   Rejection of the Hyper-Masculine
43:00   Possible Synergies and Transformative Potential
51:15   Research Practices and the Politics of Academic Writing
57:05   Justly Researching Justice
59:55   Rooting Research in Tangible Action


Dr Sherilyn MacGregor, Sustainable Consumption Institute
Magdalena Rodekirchen, University of Manchester
Professor David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute
Dr Christine Winter, Sydney Environment Institute

This conversation is in partnership with the Sydney Environment InstituteSustainable Consumption Institute and Environmental Politics, held on Friday 21 May, 2021.

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