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Live at the AM podcast: HumanNature series – Catriona Sandilands

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 01 Aug 2018

Professor of Environmental Studies at York University (Toronto) Catriona Sandilands explores the possibilities of a feminist botany.

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What are plants? What can they do? And how can we bring a feminist approach to our relationships to them?

Listen as Catriona Sandilands explores our relationships with botanical others, including shifting understandings of what plants are and what they can do. In this time of accelerating environmental and social change, Sandilands asks: what might we learn, what new approaches and possibilities might become possible, through a feminist botany?

This talk took place on 12 July 2018 in the Hallstrom Theatre at the Australian Museum.

HumanNature is a landmark series of talks by a stellar line up of leading Australian and international scholars. They will share with us their insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and art to examine the significant interplay between the humanities and the environmental crisis we face today.

Catriona Sandilands is a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University (Toronto, Canada), where she teaches and writes at the intersections of the environmental arts and humanities, feminist and gender studies, and social and political theory. Her scholarly and creative publications span a wide range of topics, from national parks to lesbian communities, ecopoetics to environmental history, Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt to queer and feminist materialist theories.

Across this body of work, her abiding project is to help develop a scholarly and public conversation about literature, history, and philosophy as they might, and should, influence current trajectories of environmental politics and policy. Cate is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow, and a Past President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).