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Please join us for the event:Poster


June 1st-2nd, 2017

Linköping University, Sweden

Keynote speakers:

Catriona Sandilands (York University) and Michael Marder (University of the Basque Country)

“Plantarium: Re-Imagining Green Futurities” addresses the question of plant-human relationships in the context of pressing environmental issues. We invite participants to foster new ways of thinking (with) plants as a way of re-positioning the human as part of the surrounding natural-cultural environment, creating tools to seek out alternative green futures.

Plants are potent metaphors for human relationship to the land, mobility, and fertility. They determine in concrete, empirical ways human livelihoods, diets, health, landscape, urban design, economies, histories of belonging, domination, and conquest. “Plantarium” is situated at the interface of art, science, and philosophy. Budding fields of research—like queer ecologies, plant-human ethnographies, environmental humanities, human geography, and political ecology, among others—point to the intensive traffic in meanings and matter between plants, places, and humans. Simultaneously, there are multiple practices emerging from urban activism, grassroots community building, indigenous knowledges, and artistic experimentations that explore and redefine intimate human-plant relations and dependencies. Through crossing the taxonomic boundaries and normative classifications, this botanical thought troubles classical discrete notions of identity, subjectivity, life, environment, nature, and culture, and sprouts into territories of politically valent social struggles for queer, minority, and indigenous rights.


Thursday, June 1st





Keynote lecture:

On Lack and Plenitude in the Vegetal World

Michael Marder




Artistic intervention:

“downward facing plant/happy plant pose” Mirko Nikolić




Keynote lecture: 

Phytopolitics: Four Forays in Vegetation

Catriona Sandilands




Film programme:

Plant Intimacies

Curated by Wibke Straube

Venue: City Library

Friday, June 2nd  


Artistic intervention :

“Vegetal Speed Dating”

Christina Stadlbauer and Regula Heggli




Workshop in groups*




Workshop in groups*




PlantWalk and closing*

Malin Lobell


*for registered participants only. Registration closed on April 10.


Events open to the public:

Phytopolitics: Four Forays in Vegetation

Catriona Sandilands

At the same time as plants are increasingly recognized as sensuous, communicative, intelligent beings in the world, plants are also subject to increasingly invasive mechanical, chemical, and biological intervention in order to render their lives ever more fully available to capitalist utilization. Taking the form of four forays into vegetation, this presentation considers some of the tensions involved in the multiplicity of relations that form the terrain of contemporary plant biopolitics: What does it mean to explore our kinship with plants as active lives in the world in a context where the vegetative elements of that liveliness are increasingly subject to incorporation in a neoliberal metabolism? What does it mean to work toward an affirmative phytopolitics in the deeply situated contexts of racialized, gendered, and other challenges to the "humanity" of such posthumanist kinships? Thinking with, as, and among plants in and beyond capitalist configurations thus requires careful attention to the shared conditions of our biopolitical worlds: vegetation is messy.


On Lack and Plenitude in the Vegetal World

Michael Marder

One signature gesture of Western metaphysics is to produce a parallel world of pure thought, where the values and phenomena comprising finite existence are depreciated, inverted, and assigned a diametrically opposite meaning. The vegetal, among other modes of existence, does not escape such treatment: the seemingly inexhaustible diversity, exuberance, and tenacity of plants come to signify lack—above all, a deficient kind of life—from the standpoint of the metaphysical subject. In the course of this talk, we will explore how the ontic richness of the plant is translated into ontological poverty and how to resist this deplorable tendency. The themes we will touch upon include the fraught symbolism of abundance; vegetal logos; the possibility of plant-writing (l’écriture végétale); and the stimulation plants provide us with at the levels of sensation and thinking alike.   


Plant Intimacies

Film programme curated by Wibke Straube

  • Sporing Lips of Transposed Desire, 3:38 min, Malin Arnell and Pablo Zuleta Zahr, SE 2011 (installation).
  • Pojktanten (engl. title She Male Snails), 1:15 min, Ester Martin Bergsmark, SE/DK 2012 (documentary feature film).

The Gothenburg-based artist Nino Mick suggests in one of their poems that ultimately “biology is our only home”. The film programme suggests different ways of approaching such an understanding of biology as home. This film programme consists of a screening of two movies: Pojktanten and a short film/installation, Sporing Lips of Transposed Desire. Each of these two audio-visual artefacts explore floral-aesthetics through something that can be rendered as plant-human intimacies. The programme is inviting the audience as entrants – more than simply viewers – to engage in these ecological intimacies and to think of the ethics and potentials of thinking intimacies as beyond a human-human relationality. Approaching the films through such an angle of ecological intimacy might allow to perceive a decentred understanding of the human through multiplicities and entanglements with others. Wibke will offer in a short introductory talk to the programme as a thinking tool to apply to the film screening.


downward-facing plant / happy plant pose:

a multispecies yoga session

Mirko Nikolić

The performative exercise creates contours for an intense breathing entanglement with plants by sharing together yoga mats in a joint multispecies mind-body-soul exercise. We encourage you to bring ‘earth others’ (Plumwood, 1993) to our yoga mats, and, by inviting our vegetal companions to do some asanas next to each other, to (re)-‘plant[ify]’ (Myers, 2014) our yoga practices.

[performance takes place, depending on weather conditions, outdoors or in the Tema Bldng (1st floor)]


Vegetal Speed Dating

Experimental Artistic Intervention

Christina Stadlbauer and Regula Heggli

Vegetal Speed Dating is a participative performance with plants, exploring the communication capabilities between plants and humans. Based on scientific evidence, and backed up by the biodynamic practice and research on formative force ( http://www.bilderkraefte.de ), we propose this intervention as part of the conference program. We invite visitors / conference participants to seek direct contact with a plant and explore both their own reaction, and the possible replies from the plants. Vegetal speed dating addresses the topics of plant cognition, communication and enhanced perception through a practical experiment.

[performance takes place in Tema Building, Unit of Gender Studies, 3rd floor]


Organizers: Olga Cielemęcka (Linköping University) and Marianna Szczygielska (Central European University).

Contact us at plantarium2017@gmail.com.

Event is funded by “The Seed Box. A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory” and supported by GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies.


Sidansvarig: cecilia.asberg@liu.se
Senast uppdaterad: Mon May 29 09:58:08 CEST 2017