Special Issue "Rethinking the Vegetal: Emerging Perspectives on Plants and Society"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2013)
Dr. John Charles Ryan
CREATEC Research Group, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Western Australia 6050, Australia
Phone: +61 08 9370 6454
Interests: ecocultural studies; Australian and American ecocriticism; cultural history of Australian flora; environmental philosophy; environmental writing; practice-led research
This special issue of Societies, Rethinking the Vegetal: Emerging Perspectives on Plants and Society, invites contributions from scholars from a range of disciplines, theoretical positions and methodologies to advance current understandings of the role of plants in society. Once considered passive automatons or mere materials for human use, plants are now known to be more complex than science since Linnaeus and aesthetics since Baumgarten have conceived. New currents in human-plant studies have emerged recently with Matthew Hall’s ‘philosophical botany’, Michael Marder’s ‘critical plant studies’ and human-plant geographies. Moreover, advances in multispecies theory, particularly Latourian actor-network concepts, present new grounds for reconceptualising the way in which ethnobotanical research is conducted. Case studies are welcome and possible subthemes include:
- new directions in ethno-, economic and medical botany
- plant-based cultural heritages and social practices
- native/exotic and domestic/wild binaries
- communities, conservation and plant ethics
- botanical aesthetics, art and phenomenology
- transdisciplinary botanical research
- spiritual ecologies of plants
Dr. John Charles Ryan
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- environmental sociology
- economic botany
- critical plant studies
- philosophical botany
- cultural botany