Lecture: "Life Forms: Cultivating 'Razas de Maíz' and Plant Publics"
Mon, October 1, 2012 • 12:00 PM • SAC 5.118
John Hartigan, Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies
Based on ethnographic research in Mexico and Spain, this talk engages the challenges presented by nonhuman forms of race. Starting with a biodiversity genetics research institute and then using a series of botanical gardens as touchstones, Dr. John Hartigan examins the varieties of parallelisms between plants and people that are developed to make sense of multispecies relations. Through a series of ethnographic vignettes, he sketches out the research imaginaries, practices of caring, and forms of exchange and circulation that are constitutive of "plant publics" in the Hispanic world.
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