Economy in the Planthropocene: on Plants, Solidarity, and Worldmaking

Economy in the Planthropocene: on Plants, Solidarity, and Worldmaking

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The Graduate Centre, Room 1.01

Queen Mary University

London

E1 4NS

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In this symposium we present more-than-human solidarity using our relationship with plants as a guide.

About this event

Whether framed in terms of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, climate or extinction, the multiple crises we face can be seen as crises based on our attempts to co-exist with ‘nature’ on anthropocentric and extractive terms. Our ability to move beyond these crises necessarily require radical changes in how we imagine human-nonhuman relationships. This symposium brings together scholars and art-practitioners whose work explores the possibility of more than human solidarity. By taking plants as our interlocutors, we interrogate how new relationships based on solidarity with the plants might look like and what world would they produce. We discuss plants because of their increased popularity among humans. During 2020, figures in the UK report that more than 3 million people have taken up gardening, many more purchased houseplants while there is a renewed interest in alternative working practices and questions raised over our own consumption patterns.

The pandemic has given voice to new ways of thinking about our relationship with plants, ‘nature’, work, and capitalist production. We ask, how can these experiences rebuild human-nonhuman relationships? What will life built in solidarity with plants look like? And what can we learn from the plants to build a more just and equal future?

In this symposium we present more-than-human solidarity using our relationship with plants as a guide. Drawing on ‘undisciplined’ research and art, we reappraise colonial legacies through plants, unravel the work of ‘restoration’ and explore the meanings of being in solidarity with plants to re-imagine worldmaking as a practice of care.

This event will be run as a hybrid event. In person capacity will be limited to 30 people. Those who register for online will be emailed the link in advance of the event via Eventbrite.

There are a small amount of travel bursaries to help PhD students or ECRs without expenses. Please contact the organisers if you would be interested in applying for one.

Timetable for the event and participants:

11am - Introduction: Giulia Carabelli and Gavin Maclean with Anna Lawrence (University of Cambridge)

11.45am - Panel Presentations: Franklin Ginn (University of Bristol), Gabriella Hirst (Artist and Researcher) and Paula Serafini (Queen Mary, University of London)

12.30: Garden Walk and Lunch

1.30pm: Panel Q&A

2.30-3pm: Networking

This event is part of the Sociological Review Seminar Series and has been funded by the Sociological Review Foundation and is organised by Giulia Carabelli (Queen Mary, University of London) and Gavin Maclean (Edinburgh Napier University)

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