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The Word for World is Forest

27th June, 19:00 - 20:15

Free - £5.00
The Word for World is Forest
A lecture exploring the idea of vegetal life beyond earth, drawing on the works of Ursula Le Guin

Image credit: Lyons, Scott. Another World – Forest. 2019, digital art photograph.

The Word for World is Forest: The Politics of Difference and Human-plant World-making in the Far Reaches of the Universe

Part of a series: Where Plants and People Meet
The South London Botanical Institute in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London

About the talk

This lecture explores the idea of plant life beyond earth. It draws on the works of Ursula Le Guin to examine the role plants play in science and speculative fiction, particularly their role in creating imaginaries of new ethical and political possibilities. The lecture then asks what these imaginaries of nonhuman intelligence can teach us about our own efforts to challenge the human-nonhuman binary all around us here on earth.

Refreshments will be provided.
Our garden will be open from 6pm so please feel free to drop by earlier and relax.

About the Host

Joanne Yao is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. Before that, she taught at Durham University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she completed her PhD. Her research interests are in environmental history and politics, historical international relations, IR theory, and the development of early international organizations. Her first book, The Ideal River (Manchester University Press 2022), examines the construction of the ‘ideal river’ in the European geographical imagination and charts efforts to create the first International Organizations along the Rhine, the Danube, and the Congo Rivers in the 19th century.

About the Programme

‘Where Plants and People Meet’ is a collaborative programme between the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) and academics at Queen Mary University of London. It features discussions and workshops focused on plants, people and participation and runs from the 11-29th June 2024. The programme marks the beginning of a two-year reopening process for the SLBI following a long period of closure. ‘Where Plants and People Meet’ is co-curated by Dr. Giulia Carabelli and made possible with support from Queen Mary’s Centre for Public Engagement, Large Grant.

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27th June
19:00 - 20:15
Free - £5.00

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