Vegetal geography 2: Advancing the position and politics of plants in more-than-human analyses

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Animal Geography Specialty Group, Biogeography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (MDT)
Room: Harding, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Megan Betz, Jared Margulies
Chairs: Megan Betz


Multispecies research methodologies continue to gain ground, offering new ways of exploring the relationship between humans and their environment. Human-animal relations remain key features in this literature, but researchers are increasingly turning to other taxonomic kingdoms, among them plants. While geographers are arguably at the fore of engaging with the lively nature of plants in the co-production of the social in academic communities, with few exceptions, vegetation continues to be treated as inert material serving as the background of human and animal life. In this session, we aim to continue work to enliven plants, examining how they not only inform our understandings of nature, space, and society, but are engaged in enacting social worlds. Specifically, the goal of this session is to explore how one examines the role of plants in more-than-human analysis; how closer attention to plants contributes to more just, inclusive, and nuanced scholarship; and what particular problems—methodological, theoretical, analytical—plants pose in expanding the remit of more-than-human analyses.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Colin Sutherland*, York University, Those that burn and the risks they pose: Considering the position and politics of plants in fire-prone ecosystems 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Anna Lawrence*, University of Cambridge, The Meaning of (Vegetal) Life 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Laura Dev*, University of California Berkeley, A plant-centric view of ayahuasca’s cosmopolitcal engagements with more-than-human economies 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Emily Reisman*, , Plants, Pathogens and the Politics of Care: Xylella fastidiosa and the intra-active breakdown of Mallorca’s almond ecology 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Juno Parrenas Ohio State University 20 11:15 AM

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