The Spread of Lantana: An Aesthetic History
Free Public Lecture
Room B1.24 (Basement)
207-221 Bouverie Street
T: 8344 9395
Lantana is a plant that, like ruins and vacant lots in cities, evokes contradictory aesthetic responses. Drawing on the ideas of Walter Benjamin and other urban semioticians, we argue that lantana’s aesthetic history evokes a combination of involuntary memories associated with gardening and recognition of the impermanence and abandonment associated with capitalist culture. We trace the history of lantana’s global spread in this presentation by exploring the utopian impulses and gardening trends that shaped the identities and cultural aspirations of the urban middle-classes in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Haripriya Rangan is Associate Professor and Director, Research and Academic Programs, Australia India Institute, the University of Melbourne.
Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan, Associate Professor and Director, Research and Academic Programs
Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan
Associate Professor and Director, Research and Academic Programs
Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne
Haripriya Rangan trained in architecture and urban planning in India, and holds a doctoral degree from the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles (UCLA) in urban and regional development. Haripriya has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in universities in the USA and Australia. She has lectured in Geography at the University of California Berkeley and University of Kentucky, in Urban Planning and Environmental Management at RMIT University, and in Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University. Haripriya has an excellent international research reputation in the field of political ecology and a strong record in research funding and publication. Her research on forestry and regional development in the Indian Himalayas is considered highly influential and widely cited by political ecologists and scholars working on environmental movements in South Asia. She has won several national competitive research grants, including one from the US National Science Foundation, and three ARC Discovery grants. Haripriya’s current research centres on natural resource and landscape management in South Africa, India and Australia, and environmental history of the Indian Ocean World.