Roots of change. Mobility, heritage-making and biosocial networking among garden plants

Seminar/Forum

Roots of change. Mobility, heritage-making and biosocial networking among garden plants

Lecture Theatre
253
142 Pelham Street, Carlton

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In concerns about human impacts on climate, biodiversity and other crucial aspects of the environment for human and non-human life, people’s lack of direct contact with ‘nature’ in contemporary urban lifestyles is often acknowledged as part of the problem. This seminar will investigate one arena for hands-on daily interaction with plants and other more-than-human features of environmental processes in the urban landscape; the suburban home garden. Everyday interactions between people and plants will be at the centre of attention, considering the agency and mobility of plants, with a particular focus on processes of heritage-making and biosocial networking. An underlying question is: What happens if we look at everyday home gardens as places where lessons can be learned, and virtues be developed, to manage some of the challenges of the Anthropocene? The presentation will be based on ethnographic research on Swedish home gardens. After spending a few months in Melbourne, Katarina might also bring a few reflections on Australian gardening into the discussion.

Presenter

  • Associate Professor Katarina Saltzman
    Associate Professor Katarina Saltzman, Associate Professor at the Department of Conservation