Composting Feminisms Reading Group

Join the Composting Feminisms reading group with an open mind discussing intersectional interests of feminisms and environmental humanities

Date & Time:
Saturday, May 21, 2022
2:30 pm
Tramore Valley Park (Weigh Bridge near the roundabout)

Participants will be exposed to ideas outside of the echo chamber of social and news media, meeting other people for face-to-face exchange and a possibility of creating a more sustained platform

As a former landfill site now recast as a recreational amenity Tramore Valley Park demands deeper excavations of our own understanding of the kinds of humanity our future requires and how we might mould ourselves for the times to come.

The direct url links to the texts we will be discussing are below, just click on the titles. You don't have to read them all, read what you can even if it's only a few paragraphs and come with an open mind.

  • Bird Rose, Deborah (2013) "Slowly ~ writing into the Anthropocene" TEXT Special Issue 20: Writing Creates Ecology and Ecology Creates Writing 1 eds Martin Harrison, Deborah Bird Rose, Lorraine Shannon and Kim Satchell,
  • Gumbs, Alexis Pauline (2010) “what an ecological approach sounds like”. S&F Online The Scholar and Feminist Online, Issue 8.3: Summer 2010 “Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert” Published by The Barnard Center for Research on Women
  • Ahmed, Sara. (2017). ‘A Killjoy Survival Kit’ from Living a Feminist Life. Durham: Duke UP: 235-249

Please note: the meeting point for this event is at the Weigh Bridge near the main entrance 10 minutes before the event time.

Dress for the weather! Be warm & maybe bring a cushion and a flask!

About Sheelagh Broderick and Claire Ahern

Claire, born at 3.18pm, feminist, mam, a lifelong learner, dabbling in art, music and technology,

Love walking (in the Burren), cycling (to the shops) and singing.

This is my first reading group!

Sheelagh, schoolfriend of Claire, rediscovering post-pandemic possibilities combining sociability and thinking, always curious, 30 years working with diverse collaborations in art, environmental and health contexts sometimes separately and sometimes a mix of each.

Becoming Kin Weekend

May 22nd is World Biodiversity Day, this year's theme is “Building a shared future for all life” To mark World Biodiversity Day the KinShip project has programmed a weekend of FREE citizen-led events as part of the Becoming Kin strand of the project on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd.

All are welcome, we hope you can join us in Tramore Valley Park.

World Biodiversity Day

About The KinShip Project

The KinShip Project is a long term public artwork, developing a variety of socially engaged cultural initiatives at Tramore Valley Park over 2022.

Tramore Valley Park has been the site of great environmental change. From 1964 to 2009, this site was used as a landfill for Cork city. The area first opened up as a park in 2015 before fully opening to the public in 2019.

The KinShip art project offers artists and interested communities an opportunity to gather, and to respond creatively and critically to the ecological and climate action challenges we face today. The overall aim of the art project is to develop a sense of connection between the people of Cork and the ecology of the park. This project is an opportunity to develop a new relationship with the park, modeling ‘care’ as a civic responsibility to all the inhabitants. This is a space to alter our mindset about the relationship we have with the natural world, to address the legacy of ‘throw away’ culture and to engage with new modes of managing waste.

Led by artists LennonTaylor, in partnership with Cork City Council. The KinShip Project is a recipient of the inaugural #CreativeClimateAction fund, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications that supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empower citizens to make meaningful behavioral transformations. Local project partners include Cork Healthy Cities, Cork Nature Network, Cork UNESCO Learning Cities, Cork Learning City, Green Spaces Cork for Health, MTU Clean Technology Center and UCC Environmental Research Institute.

How to Get Involved in the Becoming Kin programme over 2022.

This invitation is extended to any Cork city-based person, group, non-profit organization or group of friends that wants to share a special interest in Tramore Valley Park or any of the issues that the KinShip project is addressing.

You're invited to propose a 1-2hr walk, talk, demo or workshop for adults in Tramore Valley Park. Themes might include nature, ecology, conservation, history, sustainability, community, archeology, folklore, foraging, recycling and repairing, wildlife, food, gardening and growing, geology, engineering, rambling, woodcraft, astronomy, composting, movement, kite flying, biodiversity, flora and fauna, or anything that goes on underground, on the ground or in the air.

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Getting to the Park

More information on how to get to Tramore Valley Park can be found here.