This international workshop takes up the challenge of valuing plants and how to care for them. The eating bodies team brings together five papers where human-plant practices in potato communities, botanical gardens, agro-export farms, city’s streets and mountainous grasslands transgress different versions of the good.
In everyday life, we interact with plants for diverse reasons, as food, medicine, decoration, even when reading a newspaper or sitting on a couch. Plants are an important part of our lives, yet, it is likely that many of the plants we interact with have been grown elsewhere and probably valued differently; as what is a good plant here, may not be in the next situation. Recently, a growing body of scholarly and artistic literature has become concerned with the nature of multispecies relationships, giving rise to a rich discussion over human-plant relations either as forms of sentience or as exploitable resources. This workshop seeks to engage with the growing body of work on human-plant relations by engaging with the means by which plants are valued. What is at stake in valuing plants? and how does the value of a plant shift from being companions in one place to being eaten in another? What can we learn from plants, in this continuous giving and taking?
Format: Works-in-progress or problem statements will be pre-circulated for audience discussion.
Location: University of Amsterdam
Co-Chair: Annemarie Mol & Marianne de Laet
Contact: To attend and receive the workshop papers and the meeting location, please rsvp to Carolina Domínguez Guzmán, firstname.lastname@example.org.
11.00 -11.30 Introduction and Concerns
11.30 -12.15 Potato community: Unfolding tuber-human intersubjectivities in the Peruvian Andes by Olivia Angé (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
12.15 -13.00 Encountering plants through labour: valuing life, growth and charisma by Ágota Ábran (University of Aberdeen)
13.00 -14.00 Lunch
14.00 -14.45 Killing in the garden: on the time and space of ethics by Oliver Human (University of Amsterdam)
14.45 -15.30 Valuing plants in devalued spaces: growing Baltimore city’s street trees by Mariya Shcheglovitova (University of Maryland)
15.30 -16.15 Feeding waters, hungry trees: exploring irrigation practices by Carolina Domínguez Guzmán (University of Amsterdam)
16.15 -16.30 Wrap-up
17.30 Informal dinner
Please note that on Friday the 24th., we have scheduled a Walking Seminar. Here, we will be further discussing the issue of valuing, this time in each of our fields. Be welcome to join! If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Ulrike Scholtes, email@example.com. For more information about walking seminars, click here.