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Fighting with and against the Time: The Environmental Movement’s Queering of Time as Resistance

Conference contribution
Authors Mona Lilja
Mikael Baaz
Stellan Vinthagen
Published in Identity: Representation & Practices - Lisbon, 11-12 September, 2014 Faculty of Humanities – University of Lisbon, Portugal
Pages 15
Publication year 2014
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Department of Law
School of Global Studies, Asian Studies
Pages 15
Language en
Keywords resistance, temporality, Japan, environmental movements, civil society, affects
Subject categories Sociology, Other Social Sciences


This paper aims to add to the discussion on ‘civil society’, resistance and environmental politics by departing from the concepts of affects, time and temporality. In essence, the paper suggests two things. Firstly, when theorizing civil society, we argue that we should depart from the idea that the present is not a singular, linear moment, but comprises affective relations to other times and peoples situated within them. By this, we will show how the ‘doing’ of various civil societies is performed in relation to people of the past as well as the future—that is, how late or unborn bodies of the past and the future, respectively, contribute to create the present in an alternative way. Secondly, we will display how civil society actors are carrying out various forms of resistance against global warming by suggesting multiple temporalities, which are operating simultaneously. By reviewing interviews with local representatives of the environmental movement in Tokyo, the promotion of another temporality prevails as a form of resistance or as a means to resist, in order to negotiating current discourses and future prospects. To further understand this embracing of time, the paper is inspired by affective theory and takes temporality in queer studies as starting point to display different strategies of resistance. Overall, the paper highlights the importance of adding the affects/time nexus to the analysis of national and transnational civil societies.

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