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PhD workshop on “Plant theory”

  • Richard Hoggart Building 356 Goldsmiths, University of London New Cross SE14 6NW (map)

*To register to attend and request preparatory readings, please email 

In preparation for the Cultivation: Vegetal Lives, Global Systems and the Politics of Planting conference, the Centre for Cultural Studies is hosting a PhD workshop, during which we will discuss the broader themes framing the conference and their disciplinary co-implications, and some recently published work around “plant theory”. During the conference, ample time has been scheduled for each presentation and discussion, and the aim of this workshop is to bring together PhD students from across the CHASE consortium institutions and in preparation for engagement in the conference discussion sessions. 

Preparatory readings: 

Matthew Hall, Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011). Chapter 5: ‘Indigenous Animisms, Plant Persons, and Respectful Action’, pp. 99–118

Jeffrey T. Nealon, Plant Theory: Biopower and Vegetable Life (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2015). Chapter 1: ‘The First Birth of Biopower: From Plant to Animal Life in Foucault’, pp. 1–28

Francis Hallé, In Praise of Plants (Oregon: Timber Press, 2002). Chapter 4: ‘Plant Biochemistry in a Nutshell’, pp. 145–72

Later Event: 15 March
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