Co-director/Scientific Leader and project Leader Feminist and Anticolonial Approaches to Environmental Humanities and Justice in the Global South.
Astrida Neimanis is a cultural theorist working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change. Her research focuses on bodies, water, and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe. Her most recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology is a call for humans to examine our relationships to oceans, watersheds, and other aquatic life forms from the perspective of our own primarily watery bodies, and our ecological, poetic, and political connections to other bodies of water. Additional research interests include theories and practice of interdisciplinarity, feminist epistemologies, intersectionality, multispecies justice, and everyday militarisms.
Astrida’s research practice includes collaborations with artists, writers, scientists, makers, educational institutions, and communities, often in the form of experimental public pedagogies. Her writing can be found in numerous academic journals and edited collections, artistic exhibitions and catalogues, and online media. Astrida joined UBC Okanagan as a Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities in 2021. She comes to UBCO after six years in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney on Gadigal Land, in Sydney, Australia. Her commitment to The Seed Box includes assisting with the Postdoc Mentoring Program, strengthening the network of the International Consortium of partners, and organising The Seed Box Community Garden Festival, while also continuing to produce research in the field of feminist and anticolonial environmental humanities.