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Healing Earth 2.0

Day 2 - The Plant Humanities

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Theme for Day 2: Plant Humanities

As the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability embarks on a project to create an archive of an Indian Plant Humanities, it turns towards some of the most interesting scholars in the field for direction, a sense of a history of the discipline, the archives, the possibilities and expectations, both from scholars and the field itself. What is the Plant Humanities, what is its potential, its necessity and its implication in the world today? Our speakers will introduce us to various vocabularies of thought and action, and suggest and show, through their own work, how that might help us to think about plant life beyond the botanical and beyond the hierarchies of what has come to be called the ‘non-human’.

Schedule for Day 2 

6:00 – 6:05 PM IST Opening remarks by Iain Stewart, Joint Director, 3CS
6:05 – 6:10 PM IST Sumana Roy, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Ashoka University
6:10 – 6:35 PM IST

‘An American Naturalist, William Bartram (1739-1823): A Study in the History of Environmentalism’

Amy Meyers, Former Director of the Yale Center for British Art & Former CEO of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London

Therese O’Malley, Former Associate Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

6:35 – 7:00 PM IST

‘Growing the Plant Humanities’

Yota Batsaki, Executive director, Dumbarton Oaks, a Harvard University Research Institute, Washington, DC

7:00 – 7:05 PM IST BREAK
7:05 – 7:30 PM IST

‘Plants and History in the Linnean Society’s Collections’

Isabelle Charmantier, Head of Collections, The Linnean Society of London

7:30 – 7:55 PM IST

‘Decolonising the Natural History Collections of the British Empire with a Specific Focus on Botany’

Vinita Damodaran, Professor of South Asian History, University of Sussex & Director of the Centre for World Environmental History, Sussex

7:55 – 8:00 PM IST BREAK
8:00 – 8:25 PM IST

‘Tea Encounters’

Romita Ray, Associate Professor of Art History, Syracuse University

8:25 – 8:50 PM IST

‘Trees Tell Us Stories: Urban Gaps and Weedy Life in Istanbul’

Timur W Hammond, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment,  Syracuse University

8:50 – 9.00 PM IST Closing Remarks by Sumana Roy, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Ashoka University

About the Series

The Healing Earth Conference is a flagship annual conference organised by the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability (3CS) to facilitate conversations around the effects of the climate crisis and its wider impact on our world today.
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