Matter, freedom and the future: Reframing feminist theologies through an ecological materialist lens

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An ecological focus is not simply an additional perspective to add to a multidimensional approach to feminist theologies. Ecological thinking requires a fundamental shift of perspective, so that the focus of feminism, traditionally a human focus, is rethought within the frame of the materiality that constitutes not only humans but Earth and cosmos. As a way of situating feminist theological discourses and experiences ecologically, this article focuses on a shared materiality as a basis for reframing human being, dwelling, agency and labour, in terms of co-being, habitat, co-agency and more-than-human labour. This reframing implies a rethinking of human freedom that has implications for how we engage with feminist theologies in relation to the future of Earth and humankind.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186 - 204
Number of pages19
JournalFeminist Theology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Ecological theology
  • Ecological thinking
  • Feminist theology
  • Feminist theory
  • Freedom
  • New materialism

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