5 Dec 2022
Other, External Events, 18:15, Raum A022, UniS, University of Bern, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern
Fornalé, Elisa

Slow violence, gender, climate agency

WTI and SNSF Professor Elisa Fornalé will be speaking at the 2022 Diversity Research Lecture Series of the University of Bern.

WTI's Prof. Elisa Fornalé is one of the top researchers and specialists on gender studies. She will be giving a lecture as part of the 2022 Diversity Research Lecture Series (Diversitätsforschung Vortragsreihe 2022)

New global crisis such as the COVID­19 pandemic, wars, economic crisis and climate disasters are ‘produced and mediated by existing gender inequalities and discriminatory gender norms across societies’ (EGM, 2021). This presentation will explore the gendered dimension of climate change and, more generally, of slow violence, meaning ‘a violence that occurs gradually and out of sight, a violence of delayed destruction that is dispersed across time and space, an attritional violence that is typically not viewed as violence at all’ (Nixon 2011).

Some attention has been paid to the inclusion of a gender perspective in climate change issues. However, much less attention has been paid to women’s invisibility in the legal and political debate on climate change combined with other situations falling within the definition of slow violence. Slow violence may or may not lead to major disasters but has a disproportionate impact on women and girls. This has been largely overlooked by existing legal debates.

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