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Feb 20 2024

Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene (“The Age of Man”): An Ecofeminist / Environmental Justice Assessment with Professor Jane Caputi

February 20, 2024

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Student Center East, Cardinal Room


750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Select

The Anthropocene,” or “Age of Man,” is a proposed name for the current geological age, one, its proponents claim to be anew era where “humans” have become a vast force capable of overwhelming the vast forces of “Nature.” This illustrated talkconsiders the sexed, gendered, racialized and otherwise political concept of “The Anthropocene” in dialogue with concept withthe ancient reality of “Mother Nature” or Mother Earth, common to indigenous ecological knowledge as well as contemporaryecofeminist and environmental justice perspectives.

Jane Caputi is Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She has written four books, mostrecently Call Your “Mutha”: A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene (Oxford UniversityPress, 2020). She also has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006) distributed byBerkeley Media and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016), distributed by Women Make Movies.

Dr. Caputi, in2016, was named Eminent Scholar of the Year by the American Culture/Popular Culture Association and in 2020 the Association for the Study of Women in Mythology gave her their annual “Saga Award” for contributions to women’s history and culture.

Co-sponsored by the UIC Great Cities Institute, the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the UIC Institute for the Humanities, the UIC Gender and Women's Studies, and the Anthropocene Lab.



Jack Rocha

Date posted

Feb 12, 2024

Date updated

Feb 12, 2024