Settler Colonialism and Weed Ecology

By Timothy Neale, Deakin University § *All photographs are by the author Two propositions to start: there is a significant parallel (or companionship) between settlers and weeds; and, there is also a significant parallel (or companionship) between the structures of settler colonialism and those of weed ecology. These are the propositions that I want to work through […]

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What the Seed Knows of the Soil

By Kay E. Lewis-Jones, University of Kent §   Attending to the Seed On a December afternoon in the upper west side of Manhattan, a group of people sat in a darkened room and tried to think like seeds. In their hands they held their mentors – Acer rubrum seeds from a park across the street – […]

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What Kind of People Are Plants? The Challenges of Researching Human-Plant Relations in Amazonian Guyana

By Lewis Daly, University of Oxford § “Plants feel!” “Forests think!” “Trees talk to one another!” In recent years, the topic of plant intelligence has been making the science pages of news publications with increasing regularity. Consider, for instance, November’s BBC article detailing a host of expert opinions on topics such as plant cognition and the […]

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Ethnography of Life Forms

By John Hartigan, University of Texas § One of the pressing concerns in multispecies research is how to extend and apply our analytics across species boundaries. The difference between, say, “a cultural history of plants” and an account that purports to render plants as ethnographic subjects is rather stark. The former is interested in these […]

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