Feminism after Gaia: Care and the Posthuman


  • Nathanja van den Heuvel VU Amsterdam



Gaia, Care, Feminism, Posthuman, Nature-Cultures


The prior issue of Krisis (42:1) published Critical Naturalism: A Manifesto, with the aim to instigate a debate of the issues raised in this manifesto – the necessary re-thinking of the role (and the concept) of nature in critical theory in relation to questions of ecology, health, and inequality. Since Krisis considers itself a place for philosophical debates that take contemporary struggles as starting point, it issued an open call and solicited responses to the manifesto. This is one of the sixteen selected responses, which augment, specify, or question the assumptions and arguments of the manifesto.

Author Biography

Nathanja van den Heuvel, VU Amsterdam

Nathanja van den Heuvel currently holds the position of PhD advisor of the Faculty of Humanities of the VU Amsterdam. In this capacity, she teaches within the graduate programme, coaches PhD candidates, conducts research on the topics of well-being, inclusion and social safety and develops research policies. Prior to that she worked as a University and College lecturer at Leiden University, Willem de Kooning Academy and ArtEZ AKI and was awarded her PhD at Leiden University with the dissertation “Towards a Feminist Playology. Social Sport Studies and the Limits of Critique”. Her research interests include, but are not limited by, feminist theory, aesthetics, the philosophy of play and eco-philosophy. Her professional experience outside academia has also deeply informed her scholarly persona. She developed a funded project on inclusivity in primary education, in collaboration with a social design bureau, the municipality of Rotterdam and diverse primary schools. In addition she is founder of OPA (Open Performance Academy) and has taken up many administrative roles, amongst others at the  Society for Women in Philosophy and the OZSW (Dutch Research School of Philosophy).



How to Cite

van den Heuvel, Nathanja. 2023. “Feminism After Gaia: Care and the Posthuman”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 43 (1):152-54.