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Feminist Ecologies in Religious Interpretation: Australian Influences

Elvey, Anne (2018) Feminist Ecologies in Religious Interpretation: Australian Influences. In: Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 209-229. ISBN 9783319643847

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Internationally significant Australian work in ecological philosophy can be traced to at least as early as 1973 with Val and Richard Routley’s (later Val Plumwood and Richard Sylvan) Fight for the Forests. By the 1990s, Australian ecological and ecological feminist philosophy was at the forefront of international work in this area. As the 1990s came to a close, this was joined by the first major international research in ecological hermeneutics in biblical studies, the Earth Bible Project, situated in Adelaide, South Australia, under the chief editorship of Norman Habel. The Project was in conversation with feminists, ecologists, and a number of indigenous peoples from Australia and overseas, as the team developed first their six ecojustice principles and then three further ecological hermeneutics. Building on her early work in feminist biblical interpretation, a contributor to the project, biblical scholar Elaine Wainwright, developed a multidimensional hermeneutic, bringing together feminist, ecological, and postcolonial concerns, most recently around the notion of habitat. This chapter first charts a recent history of feminist interpretation of biblical religion and an evolving, but uneven, relationship between feminist and ecological thinking in biblical studies and then explores Wainwright’s writings as indicative of how the postcolonial contexts in Australia and New Zealand have evolved some complex intersections of religion, race, and ecological thought.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: ecological hermeneutics, feminist biblical studies, Earth Bible project, Elaine Wainwright, multidimensionality, postcolonial hermeneutics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220306 Feminist Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 00:10
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 00:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3042

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