Wed Oct 29: Catriona Sandilands, “Botanically Queer: Plants, Sex, and Biopolitics,” Co-sponsored by the Oecologies Speaker Series and held at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice

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Please join us for the second talk of the Oecologies Speaker Series co-sponsored by Green College at UBC:

Dr. Catriona Sandilands
(Environmental Studies, York University)
“Botanically Queer: Plants, Sex, and Biopolitics”
12-1 pm, Wed Oct 29th, Jack Bell Building, 028
(Event co-sponsored with Ecologies of Social Difference)  

 
SandilandOE.Summary:
 Plants have been profoundly queer players in modern projects of describing “life” for ethical and political consideration. From their taxonomic destabilizations of colonial order in the eighteenth century to their questionings of agency in recent posthumanist discourses, plants demand that we think about living, being, and becoming in ways that interrupt anthropocentric, heteronormative figurings of agency, futurity, and life generally. This presentation will explore “botanical queerness” with an eye to thinking through the complexity of humans’ relations to plants beyond habitual modes of address. Plants are not simply objects of human concern; they offer up modes of being, becoming, and living that have been overlooked in more animal-centric accounts, and that point to a more queer and ecological understanding of life in relation to power.

Lunch will be provided at noon to those who RSVP in advance (http://grsj.arts.ubc.ca/events/event/botanically-queer_oct29_14/)

“Oecologies: Histories of Sustainability” is a Speaker Series sponsored by Green College that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” For event details, abstracts, and speaker information, please visit oecologies.com or view the event poster. Also follow us on Twitter (@Oecologies) and “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/oecologies)! If you have other questions about Oecologies, please do not hesitate to contact me (nardizzi@mail.ubc.ca) or our assistant, Sarah Crover (sarah.crover@alumni.ubc.ca).

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