What's on: HumanNature Series: Feminist Botany for the Age of Man

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


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Event Type:
Special event
12 July 2018 to 12 July 2018
06.00 PM to 07.30 PM
Hallstrom Theatre, Australian Museum
$16 Member / $20 Adult / $18 Concession

Join Catriona Sandilands (York University, Toronto) on this adventure into the complex and fascinating worlds of plants.

Sandilands is particularly interested in people’s 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—which is also a time of widening inequalities—Sandilands draws the insights of feminist thought and practice into this conversation to ask: what might we learn, what new approaches and possibilities might become possible, through a feminist botany?

6.00 pm: Welcome drink & refreshments.

6.30 pm: Talk and Q&A


Cash-only tickets available at the door, subject to availability.

For enquiries or to ask us about access services, please email programs@austmus.gov.au or call (02) 9320 6311.

Cash-only tickets available at the door, subject to availability.

Catriona (Cate) 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).

What is the HumanNature Series?

In this landmark series of talks, we are proud to host 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, including climate change, biodiversity loss and a wide range of other issues.

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