Composting #16: Entangled Plant Embodiment

Tuesday March 14, 4-5:30 | Facilitated by Bryn Hutchinson | Readings: Leopold (1966) A Sand County Almanac (excerpt) and Myers (2016) ‘From Eden Apocalypse to Gardens Against Eden.’

Writers in ecology have long pointed out the importance of understanding our bodies as entangled or relationally and materially embedded within non-human species and systems. From Aldo Leopold, to Val Plumwood and Donna Haraway, environmental humanities and philosophy has tried to describe how the lives of other beings are deeply implicated in our own. Few beings more so than plants. This selection of readings provides an introduction to some current thinking on plants from a multiplicity of disciplines ranging from science to anthropology. I specifically have chosen readings that relate to plant bodies, their abilities, and our own material relation to vegetal beings. Paths of enquiry these texts raise for me include; how might plant embodiment challenge and enhance our understanding of bodies more generally? How might the ‘thinking’ (or being) of non-neuronal beings help us rethink what is ethically important in an ecologically connected world?  In what ways might plant theory help us conceive of ecological concerns in the current global crisis and possible pathways to a more sustainable future? How might plant embodiment challenge the privileging of the animal? Of course there are many more layers within the readings to discuss and I am sure we will have quite a meaty discussion.

LOCATION: Brennan McCallum building, Level 8, SOPHI Common Room, the University of Sydney

REQUIRED READING:

Leopold, A 1966, A Sand County Almanac,Ballantine Books, New York, pp. 9-17

Myers, N 2016, ‘From Eden Apocalypse to Gardens Against Eden’, in Plants and people in and after the Anthropocene in Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene Ed. Kregg Hetherington (Under Review) pp. 1-35

TIME PRESSED:

Myers, N 2016, ‘From Eden Apocalypse to Gardens Against Eden’, in Plants and people in and after the Anthropocene in Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene Ed. Kregg Hetherington (Under Review) pp. 1-19

OPTIONAL READING:
Gagliano, M 2016, ‘Seeing green; the rediscovery of plants and nature’s wisdom’, in P Vieira, M Gagliano & J Ryan (eds), The green thread: dialogues with the vegetal world, Lexington Books, London, pp. 19-35

Marder, M 2013 Plant-Thinking; a philosophy of vegetali life, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 54-90

Header Image by Bryn Hutchinson.

Event Images by Jen Hamilton

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