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Ethnographies of (un)doing with plants: politics, practices, entanglements 
Anna Zadrożna (Institute of Anthropology, University of Gdańsk)
Aliaksandra Shrubok (Uppsala University)
Iwa Kolodziejska (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw)
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Thursday 18 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores the potential/existing roles plants (can)play in urban areas and in the (un)doing of politics and practices of urban governance. It concerns the questions of political representation and urban citizenship of plants and the ways of (un)doing ethnographies with plants.

Long Abstract:

As the climate crisis unfolds with growing unpredictability, urban natures emerge as crucial for the flourishing of (non)human lives. Nevertheless, the profoundly anthropocentric approach that dominates (the language of) governance disregards non-human agencies and existing entanglements. In cities, nature is controlled: plants are reduced to resources and ‘done’ into categories of aesthetically (un)pleasant and (un)useful (for humans or other species). But plants resist: they (dis)appear, spread, grow, and (un)do spatial and political categories. The questions of entanglements, citizenship, agency, and political representation emerge as crucial for rethinking the manifold roles plants (can)play in cities, politics, and ethnographies.

This panel explores the potential/existing roles plants (can)play in urban areas and in the (un)doing of politics and practices of urban governance, and the ways of (un)doing ethnographies with plants. We invite papers concerning the following themes:

Urban citizenship: Rights and response-abilities of plants; Roles plants (can)play in the creation of “green” cities and futures in times of planetary crisis; Spaces and practices of (un)doing in urban governance; reflections on non-human citizenship;

Political representation: How/when are plants (re)present(ed) in politics; Phytocommunicability; Representation by ‘human proxies’ (Gray et al, 2020); Key concepts/values/beliefs that underpin urban/green/eco politics;

Practices of removal and resistance: Marginalia, weeds, vegetal agency;

Forms of entanglements that emerge if politics are (un)done with plants;

(Un)doing ethnography with plants: forms of representation, genres, response-abilities; roles plants (can)play in research and writing; ways of communicating with plants; anthropology as 'applied' with plants;

Premises of plantocene: imaginations, possibilities, practices.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -