Doing vegetal geography: the place of plants in multispecies analysis, session 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Biogeography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Animal Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Megan Betz, Jake Fleming
Chairs: Megan Betz


In recent years, geographers have increasingly highlighted the multispecies character of worldly relations. Drawing on posthumanism and actor–network theory to undercut the anthropocentrism of earlier social theorizing, they have made the creative acknowledgement of other species perhaps a defining feature of people–environment scholarship. This turn toward the multispecies multitude has been taxonomically uneven, however, with animals receiving most of the attention (Lorimer 2006; Hird 2009). By contrast, even as more-than-human communities have gained prominence in geographical investigations, plants have remained comparatively neglected (Jones and Cloke 2002; Head et al. 2014). In fact, plants are intimate partners in our lives, and their particular ways of being and becoming have much to offer geographers’ analyses. Vegetal action figures prominently in the production of place and landscape, and plant agency—even plant subjectivity—has profound effects at all scales. This session is an opportunity to highlight the place of plants in geographical research, and to bring plant–human relations in from the periphery of multispecies conversations.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jessica Barnes*, University of South Carolina, Worlds of Wheat: Food Security in Rural Egypt 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Juanita Sundberg*, University of British Columbia, Leticia Durand, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, UNAM, Vegetal politics for ethical engagements 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Daanish Mustafa*, King's College, London, Franklin Ginn, Department of Geography, Bristol University, Urban Gardens as Sites for Producing Cosmopolitan, Post-Colonial Subjects in Pakistan 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Jake Fleming*, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Interiors, Surfaces, and the Topological Particulars of Vegetal Actors 20 3:40 PM
Discussant Jake Kosek UC Berkeley 20 4:00 PM

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