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SLBI speaker series: Houseplant Fever
Tuesday, 17th October 2023, 19:00 - 20:00Free
Join us at the West Norwood Library (or online) for our free talk with Dr. Giulia Carabelli and discover the importance of houseplants and their roles in building worlds.
In this SLBI talk, Dr. Carabelli will introduce her “Care for Plants” project which was initiated in 2020 to research why humans embraced (or intensified) plant-care during lockdown – what various media commentators have addressed as the “Covid-19 houseplant craze”.
Dr. Carabelli’s goal is to think about how houseplants can make a home at a time of crisis. In particular, discussing the meanings of multispecies intimacy, the role of vulnerability to enable transformative plant-human relationships, and the political potentials for these domestic plant-human partnerships to shape future encounters outside the home.
This workshop is brought to you by SLBI in partnership with West Norwood Library.
A short bio
Dr. Giulia Carabelli is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory in the School of Politics and International Relations and the Director of the Environmental Futures hub in the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. Her current research, “Care for Plants”, explores the roles of houseplants in making home during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
With Matthew Beach, she co-curated “Cabinet Cultures”, an exhibit at The Garden Museum about the roles of houseplants in our homes.
Image photo credit: Emily Seferovich