Emma Schroeder

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Maine

2019 to 2020
Research Fellow

Women's Transnational Technological Activism and the Origins of Ecological Domesticity, 1960-1989

My research focuses on the 1960s to 1980s grassroots activism in North America that developed technological and ecological critiques of militarization, agricultural practices, and energy production. Activists presented “small-scale” technologies as alternatives to what they saw as socially and ecologically destructive practices, merging material activism with systems-based epistemologies. They created novel conceptualizations of the interconnections between bodies, homes, and a unified global ecosystem. Women played an integral role in revealing the connections between military technologies, ecological systems, and the home as a site of geopolitics. I look specifically at the ways women’s actions produced ecological epistemologies; promoted the idea of ecology as a form of social practice and protest; and, in the process, transformed homes into ecologically responsible, and responsive, spaces. I am particularly interested in gendered differences of labor, as well as the ways the ecological, domestic ideals created by such activists reverberated into international aid policy.
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