Johanna Leinius

Johanna Leinius is a critical feminist and eco-activist scholar currently based at the University of Kassel, Germany. She is part of the climate justice network. In both research and activism, she strives to uncover whether and how solidarity is possible in contexts characterized by coloniality. She has worked with social movements in Latin America, most recently with the Programa Democracia y Transformación Global, a collective of popular educators and eco-feminists based in Lima, Peru.


Mapping body-territory: Learning from Latin American feminist praxis / Mapping body-territory: Von lateinamerikanischer feministischer Praxis lernen
Johanna Leinius

In Latin American struggles against mining and other extractivist projects, women have been active in defending their territories; in their practices defending their body and defending their land is closely connected. They argue that when the places they dwell in are violated, their bodies are affected, and when their bodies are affected, their places of dwelling are violated. The body, in their understanding, is the first territory that needs to be defended,

In developing strategies to confront the violence of mining and other extractivist projects, they have created bridges between feminism, ecology, nature, and specific territories. This allows them to look from both a holistic and sensory perspective at the environment and build practices that transform their lives.

In this workshop, we want to reflect on what we can learn from their struggles and their methodologies of resistance for understanding our own practices of resistance better. How are we linked to our territories and how does the body come in play in the web of relations each of us has built to other people, places, and beings? How do we experience territory? And how is our activism based on and linked to specific places and spaces?

Based on the guide “Mapping Body-Territory” that the feminist collective “Miradas críticas del Territorio desde el Feminismo” has kindly shared, we apply methodologies centered on the body that have allowed Latin American activists to facilitate the sharing of experiences between diverse women and in diverse spaces. With these methodologies, we link personal and organizational experiences with collective reflection to reflect on how to develop collective strategies of feminist resistance to extractivism and violence.

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