Philosophical Papers and Review

  • Abbreviation: Philos. Papers Rev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-663X
  • DOI: 10.5897/PPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 44


Multiple spatialities, temporalities, and gender identities

Zaouga Amel
  • Zaouga Amel
  • Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Arts, and Humanities of Manouba, University of Manouba, Tunisia.
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  •  Received: 04 April 2022
  •  Accepted: 13 May 2022
  •  Published: 30 June 2022


This paper seeks to develop a conception of time as a category open to continuous rethinking and to consider it in the mid of multiple forces like space and gender. Guided by the postcolonial perspective on temporal difference, emphasis is put on how revisiting historical processes disrupts the linear notion of time by narrating various moments as disjunctive parts of the same story. Nonlinear narratives highlight the way the past comes back to disrupt the present. However, these narratives demonstrate that cyclical time as opposed to linear time does not only mean defeat but also may encode the repetition of possibility through attention to historical exclusion and recourse to harmony with the non-human world. The concepts of cyclicality and harmony with nature largely correspond to the ecofeminist conceptualizations of time in terms of multiplicity and acknowledgement of difference. Spatial turn is an intellectual movement that has shifted attention to the dynamic nature of space with regard to cultural change. This movement appeared in dialogue with feminist, ecological and postcolonial thoughts. Hence, this paper also shows how these thoughts share the understanding of space as multiple and heterogeneous to offer alternative spatial configurations. Focusing on theorizing space and gender, both feminist and spatial critique meet in their analysis of patriarchal spatialization, more specifically of the binary oppositions and hierarchical power structures that are laid bare through human interactions with space. This analysis highlights the ways through which the space is gendered. Hence, ecofeminists aim to initiate a multiple understanding of gender.


Key words: Time, space, ecofeminist conceptualizations, multiplicity, interaction