Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore is a ground-breaking book which contemplates and re-centres Singapore women in the overlapping discourses of family, home, ecology and nation. Edited by Angelia Poon and Esther Vincent, this collection of ecofeminist essays focuses on the crafts, minds, bodies and subjectivities of a diverse group of women making kin with the human and non-human world as they navigate their lives. From ruminations on caregiving, to surreal interspecies encounters, to indigenous ways of knowing, these women writers chart a new path on the map of Singapore’s literary scene, writing urgently about gender, nature, climate change, reciprocity and other critical environmental issues. In a climate-changed world where vital connections are lost, Making Kin is an essential collection that blurs boundaries between the personal and the political.
About the speaker:
Angelia Poon is Associate Professor of Literature at the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She is the co-editor of the book, Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts, published by Routledge in 2017. She is one of the editors of Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature in English (NUS Press, 2009). Recent publications include book chapters in Translational Politics in Southeast Asian Literatures: Contesting Race, Gender and Sexuality edited by Grace Chin (Routledge, 2021), The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Vol.10: The Novel in South and Southeast Asia since 1945 edited by Alex Tickell (Oxford UP, 2019), and The State and the Arts in Singapore: Policies and Institutions edited by Terence Chong (World Scientific, 2019).