In partnership with Intellect

Please note that the conference date is provisional and subject to change due to the epidemiological situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not open a fee payment system until we are sure we can host the event. Please do not book flights and accommodation before the conference date is confirmed by the organizer.

20th November 2021

As part of the 7th International Conference on Women’s Studies

Leeds, UK


Ecology and environmental protection have historically been a women’s issue, and women who advocated for the protection of the planet have been labelled as hysterical when the advocacy first started. Due to bad label and some disagreements (inherent to social sciences and humanities), some ecofeminists distanced themselves from ecofeminism and started to discuss environmental feminism, however, the debate has not changed. Women have historically been interested in the environment and its protection and they remain interested up to the present day.

Recently, however, environmental protection has finally come to the public and media agenda, with topics such as plastic pollution, global warming and food waste dominating the public and media discourse. However, at the same time, policymakers and media still push for global trade and economic growth and policies are often in contradiction with the protection of the planet.

Nevertheless, the population rise is also getting addressed, however, this is addressed in a shallow way and without tackling the underlying issue, which is the fact that women do not have control of their bodies in major parts of the world and thus access to contraception and abortions is lacking. At the same time, many Far Right movements are emerging in the West trying to turn the clock back and control the reproduction of women, thus effectively undermining decades of the plight for women equality and this is again contributing to the population problem further.

This panel, therefore, invites scholars and practitioners to debate how we can move forward, and how can ecofeminists respond to ecological and human rights challenges women are facing with the growth of Far Right in the West and also historically elsewhere in the world. What changes do we need to push for to stop this growth of radicalism, whose impact fundamentally affects women? How can we truly protect the planet and what policies are needed to do so?

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following topics,

Ecofeminist theory

Ecofeminism: case studies from environmental and ecofeminist activists

Ecofeminist communities around the world

Sustainable growth

Sustainable policies

Sustainability in the media

Reproductive rights and population growth

Veganism and vegetarianism

The impact of businesses on the environment and the position of women

Capitalism and sustainability

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Both researchers and practitioners are welcome to submit paper proposals.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to by 15 September 2021. We will confirm the registration dates when we confirm the conference dates, which depends on the situation with the pandemic.

The Conference fee is £200, and it includes,

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Meals and drinks

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance


A special issue of journals will be edited and published in an Intellect journal. The topic of the special journal and the journal selection depends on conference submissions and the review process. From last year’s conferences, two special issues are currently being edited,

The Journal of Popular Television (Intellect), special issue topic ‘Women and Girls in Popular Television in the Age of Post-Feminism’ (eds. M. Topić & M. J. Cunha)

Facta Universitatis: Series Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History (University of Niš), special issue topic ‘#metoo movement: past, present and what next? (ed. M. Topić). The journal can be found here:

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants. We will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

The conference is a grassroots initiative led by Dr Martina Topić ( Martina can be contacted on

The conference usually has five to six panels, and we can organise parallel sessions for panels (up to two parallel sessions per day).

Visa Information

The Centre will issue a Visa letter to participants with UK entry clearance requirement.