Ecofeminist Writing

During The Chipko Movement in India in the 1970s, women physically hugged trees to be protected / and to protect; In a sense this ushered in the concept of Ecofeminism. In the sovereign patriarchal model of life, women are regarded as belonging more to nature (home) and men to culture (the outside-public space). Culture sees nature, men look down on women. This is the ecological feminist movement of thought that links women to oppression, to the exploitation of nature, thus the idea of women as producers and practitioners in the green movement (action and discourse in the city, agricultural researches in the country, farming) is an effective role. Nowadays, whilst many of the ecological movements attract local women in rural areas, women’s literature at least since the 17th century still mainly speaks in the city with a discreet and low voice. This whisper, beginning in poetry and philosophy, became stronger in romantic novels in the 1970s, and the woman both consciously and unconsciously was given the responsibility of “speaking on behalf of nature”. As feminism has expanded to become a fertile realm for resistence and one that can be attached to different tropes of justice, ecofeminism can be seen to have developed vigorously as as a part of this very resistance. Assuming that literature is the premise for all revolutions, as in the ecological revolution, and following ecofeminist writings we are looking for answers to the following questions in this session: Do female writers working against domination in the context of the assumed femininity of nature aims primarily to separate “male structure from nature-female image identity”? Is she receiving only the speech power in the name of all living species on earth, because it is also oppressed? What kind of form and wording do “Talking in Nature” and “Writing Nature” have in fiction? Do ecofeminist issues bring more innovative, experimental and courageous language to female writers? If the current situation is thought of as literary reflection of the movements in India, how is the relationship between activism, literature and politics today? Can ecofeminist writing bring the end of human centrism in literature? Where is the eco-queer narrative? Who is it, as a woman, who is escaping to nature?

Moderator: Feryal Saygılıgil; Speakers: İpek Şahbenderoğlu, Sevcan Tiftik, Simlâ Sunay
MSFAU Bomonti Conference Hall