Doing vegetal geography: the place of plants in multispecies analysis, session 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Animal Geography Specialty Group, Biogeography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Megan Betz, Jake Fleming
Chairs: Jake Fleming


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 Megan Betz*, Indiana University, Pruning: shaping community in the community orchard 20 4:40 PM
Presenter Marion Ernwein*, University of Oxford, Do plants work? Reflections on the relevance of the concept of non-human labour in the vegetal world 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Marcela Cely Santos*, University of California - Santa Cruz, There is plenty for everyone.” A multispecies exploration through the lenses of cidra-guatila in Anolaima, Colombia 20 5:20 PM
Discussant Franklin Ginn 20 5:40 PM

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