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Sustainable Masculinities

Sustainable Masculinities

By Pierre Smith Khanna
We are facing an ecological crisis in which inequality within and between countries is on the rise and climate change worsens year on year, affecting the lives of countless humans and ecosystems around the world. The recognition that men have played a key role in developing, benefiting from and upholding this destructive paradigm leads us to question: what might a non-exploitative paradigm look like? What new roles might men play in bringing it into being and what challenges might they face in the process?
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#02 The Mythic Masculine and the power of film (with Ian McKenzie)

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#05 Degrowth, Commoning and Care (with Giacomo D’Alisa)
In this episode we take a look at the intersections of degrowth, commoning and care. Giacomo explains how economic growth relies on various forms of exploitation such as unpaid reproductive labour which is often produced by women, discusses the notion of cost-shifting, and why care must take centre stage when discussing degrowth as well as new forms and enactments of masculinities. Further Resources: Book: The Case for Degrowth, by Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Federico Demaria and Giacomo D’Alisa Book: Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era, by Giacomo D’Alisa, Federico Demaria and Giorgos Kallis Book: Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, by Silvia Federici This podcast was made possible by the Institute for Political Ecology in Zagreb, where I was the 2021 Junior Research Fellow researching feminisms and degrowth.
01:10:51
January 25, 2022
#04 Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Save the Planet (with Martin Hultman)
In this episode we revisit one of our podcasts’ principle inspirations: Ecological Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Guidance. Martin discusses men’s lack of involvement in the environmental movement, the threat ecomodernism poses to enacting the deep changes needed to avert ecological collapse, and the persona of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the embodiment of the new macho-yet-caring man. I also ask Martin about practical work on ecologising masculinities via a project called ‘Under the Pine Trees’, and how the group responded to some of the challenges that came up for them. Further Resources: Book: Men, Masculinities, and Earth Contending with the  (m)Anthropocene, by Paul Pulé and Martin Hultman Chapter: “When gender equality and Earth care meet: Ecological masculinities in practice” by Robin Hedenqvist, Paul M. Pulé, Vidar Vetterfalk, and Martin Hultman, in Gender, Intersectionality and Climate Institutions in Industrialised States. Article: “The Making of an Environmental Hero: A History of Ecomodern Masculinity, Fuel Cells and Arnold Schwarzenegger” by Martin Hultman This podcast was made possible by the Institute for Political Ecology in Zagreb, where I was the 2021 Junior Research Fellow researching feminisms and degrowth.
01:01:20
January 25, 2022
#03 Masculinities and Gender in the Environmental Movement (with Mira Kapfinger and Manuel Grebenjak)
In this episode we take a look at enactments of masculinities and gender in the environmental movement. Mira and Manuel share both their personal and professional experiences in different movements - from participating in the Ende Gelände civil disobedience actions to System Change Not Climate Change and the Stay Grounded network which Mira co-founded. We talk about the meaning and importance of climate justice, the role gender and intersectionality play within the environmental movement, how they are continually contested, and why care is a central pillar to this work. Further Resources: Climate Justice Declarations Article: “A whole new world: remaking masculinity in the context of the environmental movement” by Raewyn Connell This podcast was made possible by the Institute for Political Ecology in Zagreb, where I was the 2021 Junior Research Fellow researching feminisms and degrowth.
01:16:51
January 25, 2022
#02 The Mythic Masculine and the power of film (with Ian McKenzie)
In this second episode we take a look at another of the key inspirations leading to the creation of this podcast - Ian McKenzie’s “The Mythic Masculine” podcast. Ian and I discuss how his work as a filmmaker led him to the topic of masculinities, his experiences with the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, and some of the key learnings he has gleaned from the many interviews and discussions he has hosted on his podcast over the years. Further Resources: Podcast: The Mythic Masculine Article: “Sacred Sons and the Rise of the Embodied Masculine”, by Ian McKenzie Film: Sacred Economics (2019 remix), by Ian McKenzie This podcast was made possible by the Institute for Political Ecology in Zagreb, where I was the 2021 Junior Research Fellow researching feminisms and degrowth.
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January 25, 2022
#01 From Ecomodern Breadwinners to Ecological Masculinities (with Paul Pulé)
In this first episode we take a look at one of the key inspirations leading to the creation of this podcast - Paul Pulé and Martin Hultman’s book Ecological Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Guidance. Paul and I talk about the different notions of industrial/breadwinner, ecomodern and ecological masculinities, Paul’s new work on queering masculinities, and the many challenges the process of ecologising masculinities is likely to face in contemporary societies. Further Resources: Book: Men, Masculinities, and Earth Contending with the  (m)Anthropocene, by Paul Pulé and Martin Hultman Doctoral Dissertation: “A Declaration of Caring: Towards an ecological masculinism”, by Paul Pulé This podcast was made possible by the Institute for Political Ecology in Zagreb, where I was the 2021 Junior Research Fellow researching feminisms and degrowth.
01:05:59
January 25, 2022