Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and irreversible ways. Dr. Astrida Neimanis, Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities, is looking at the looming climate catastrophe through a feminist environmental lens that focuses on human-water relations.
Neimanis and her research team are working on strategies for living with climate catastrophe. They are developing "hydrofeminism" as a theoretical framework that integrates feminist, social justice and environmental concerns, and they are testing these theories through case studies that explore human connections to waterscapes. They are also assembling artists, educators, policy-makers and other community members in collaborative research workshops. Along with generating new theoretical knowledge, they hope to contribute to teaching methods, enhance models of community resilience, and highlight how the arts and humanities can contribute to the response to climate change.