[Iag-list] CFP: NGM 2019 'The politics and places of plants'

Jenny Atchison jennya at uow.edu.au
Thu Nov 22 12:44:51 AEDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The Nordic Geographers Meeting will be held in Trondheim Norway, 16th -19th  June 2019.

We invite you to consider the following session and get in touch via the email addresses listed below if you have questions about the session or would like to submit an abstract.

Session Title: The politics and places of plants

Session organisers: Catherine Phillips, University of Melbourne ; Jennifer Atchison, University of Wollongong ; Katarina Saltzman, University of Gothenburg

Plants are central to many sustainability debates - from food security to carbon sequestration. After repeated calls issued within and beyond geography for attention to human-plant relations and the agencies of plants, the worlds of plants are beginning to gain attention. This session is intended to explore the politics and places of plants - in relation with humans and otherwise. There is need to more closely examine the role of place and of politics in human-plant relations. This involves exploring the differentiations, normalisations, and contestations of plant belonging as well as considering where and how plants inhabit places, serving to reinscribe or challenge human-imposed spatio-temporal categorisations. How do plants act and relate to others in making and taking their own places? How do plants support, resist, or remain indifferent to efforts to manage ecosocial crises? How can we as researchers attune to new understandings of plants as active co-conspirators? These are some of the questions that inspire our thinking.

We invite papers that approach plant politics and/or plant places from diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological positions. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

-          reassessments of dualistic or singular assignations of plants (e.g., native/non-native ; urban/wilderness ; natural/modified)

-          explorations of temporal aspects of plant worlds and relations, including interest in heritage plants, speculative plant futures, etc.

-          boundaries and mobilities relating to biosecurity, assisted migration, rewilding, and novel ecologies

-          care and conflict about/for/with plants in particular places (e.g., gardens, labs, parks) or fields (e.g., agriculture, conservation)

-          possibilities and practicalities of developing ethico-political relations among people and plants

The deadline for abstracts is December 15th 2018. Email address(es) to which abstracts can be submitted: Jennifer Atchison at: jennya at uow.edu.au<mailto:jennya at uow.edu.au> or Katarina Saltzman at: katarina.saltzman at gu.se<mailto:katarina.saltzman at gu.se>

Further information about the conference can be found via the following link



Dr Jennifer Atchison
Senior Lecturer
Academic Program Director Human Geography Honours
School of Geography and Sustainable Communities | Faculty of Social Science
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