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)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. John Charles Ryan
CREATEC Research Group, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Western Australia 6050, Australia
E-Mail: jryan9@our.ecu.edu.au
Interests: ecocultural studies; Australian and American ecocriticism; cultural history of Australian flora; environmental philosophy; environmental writing; practice-led research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor


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  • plants
  • landscape
  • environmental sociology
  • folklore
  • ethnobotany
  • economic botany
  • critical plant studies
  • philosophical botany
  • cultural botany
  • transdisciplinarity

Published Papers (5 papers)

Societies 2013, 3(2), 224-242; doi:10.3390/soc3020224
Received: 4 April 2013; in revised form: 9 May 2013 / Accepted: 14 May 2013 / Published: 29 May 2013
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Societies 2013, 3(2), 217-223; doi:10.3390/soc3020217
Received: 16 April 2013; in revised form: 15 May 2013 / Accepted: 16 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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Societies 2013, 3(2), 158-169; doi:10.3390/soc3020158
Received: 10 February 2013; in revised form: 17 March 2013 / Accepted: 18 March 2013 / Published: 26 March 2013
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Societies 2013, 3(1), 147-157; doi:10.3390/soc3010147
Received: 17 February 2013; in revised form: 7 March 2013 / Accepted: 11 March 2013 / Published: 15 March 2013
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Societies 2013, 3(1), 16-23; doi:10.3390/soc3010016
Received: 1 December 2012; in revised form: 20 December 2012 / Accepted: 21 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012
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Last update: 10 January 2013

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