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Peace with the Earth

Peace with the Earth

“In the fullness of time, however, a new, unbiased and diligent school of research will prevail, one that has abandoned the prejudiced view that maintains that our modern Western society is superior and normative for all and necessary for our future on Earth.”

The authors of this pamphlet, Elin Wägner [1882–1949] and Elisabeth Tamm [1880–1958], were active in a transnational movement of radical, non-conformist women, many of whom would today most likely call themselves queer. They operated between and across established, accepted, and legally sanctioned societal structures such as patriarchal family orders, scientific disciplines, political parties, and religious communities. Their argument was that war and war-like relations cannot be undone until patriarchal and colonial domination is overcome. They also recognized that, as Wägner states in the introductory chapter, “This involves a paradigm shift and all that it entails in terms of social change.”

The still-ongoing and rapidly escalating exploitation of earthly life by corporate and state-sanctioned powers re-actualizes the call of this pamphlet. To translate and re-read it across languages, locations, and practices today is a way to reconnect to the wider discussions that the knowledge captured in this pamphlet has emerged from – for current debates to gain continuity, depth, and scope.

This edition includes a conversation between artist Åsa Elzén; writer, editor, and educator in art and ecology Ros Gray; and artist and editor of this publication Åsa Sonjasdotter. Further, it includes an introduction from the 1982 and 2014 Swedish editions by artist and farmer Flory Gate, as well as an expansion of key references.

Peace with the Earth is part of a series of publications that investigate agricultural narratives and practices initiated by Åsa Sonjasdotter. The first book in the series, Peace with the Earth – Tracing Agricultural Memory, Refiguring Practice, was published in 2019.

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