Phytogenesis: entanglements in a more-than-human-world (CANCELLED)
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Unfortunately, planned University events (including social gatherings) have been cancelled with immediate effect until 31 May 2020. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

This one-day symposium combines plants, philosophy and photography to generate transdisciplinary dialogue around the newly enlivened subject of vegetal life, in response to the “pressing ecological, demographic, geographical, and economic challenges faced by contemporary society” (Coole & Frost: 2010).

With critical awareness, conceptual rigour and ethical sensitivity, the exchange of philosophical and creative imaginings with art and real-world practices allow for emergences of potentially fertile spaces in which research, collaboration and activism can take root and grow.


  • Michael Marder - author of The Philosopher’s Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium
  • Lucy Davis - The Migrant Ecologies Project
  • Ken Gale - author of Madness as Methodology
  • Owain Jones - author of Tree Cultures
  • Will Arnold - Suburban Herbarium
  • Carole Baker - Sensing the Familiar
  • Kate Paxman - The Problem of Being the Problem

10:00 Registration (tea and coffee)
10:30 Ken Gale, Plymouth Institute of Education
11:00 Keynote: Michael Marder, Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosopy, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz
12:00 Photogenesis: Will Arnold, Carole Baker, Kate Paxman
13:00 Lunch (not provided, but cafés on campus)
14:00 Emerging Provocations: discussion led by Carole Baker
14:15 Lucy Davies, Professor (Artistic Practices), Aalto University, Helsinki
15:00 Owain Jones, Professor of Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University
15:45 Plenary
16:00 Close

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  • Standard delegate charge: £20
  • University of Plymouth staff and students: Free


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