“Global Plant Humanities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Botanical Life”

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya, John C. Ryan, & Goutam Majhi

                                                                A One-Day International Conference


                                   “Global Plant Humanities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Botanical Life”

                                                                            organised by

The Department of English, Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya in collaboration with the School of Arts & Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia

Date of Conference: 12-12-2023                                                                 Mode: Hybrid

This one-day international conference will focus on the Plant Humanities, an emergent multidisciplinary field promoting dialogue between the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences toward new perspectives on the botanical world and human-plant relations. Seeking to highlight cross-cultural understandings of the botanical world, the conference will draw attention to developments in the Plant Humanities across the globe. The Plant Humanities foregrounds the material and affective links between plants, people, and ecologies. The field investigates diverse issues—from food security and climate disturbance to biodiversity decline and botanical heritage. Ethical concerns such as the cultural repercussions of genetically modified organisms and the moral implications of plant sentience are also examined. Researchers focus on the ways in which artworks, texts, archives, seeds, and preserved specimens signify complex human-plant relations.

We invite paper presentations on the Plant Humanities including but not limited to the following topic areas.

1. Art, literature, and plant life

2. Gender, sexuality, and flora

3. Creative practices engaging plants as agents

4. Botanical film, media and popular culture

5. Phytopoetics, phytocriticism, and phytosemiotics

6. Plants, posthumanism, and the posthumanities

7. Plants, postcolonialism, and globalisation

8. Spiritualities and religious traditions involving plants

9. Traditional and folk botanical knowledge systems

10. Indigenous people’s relations to plants and ecosystems

11. Plant agency, sensing, behaviour, learning and cognition

12. Social implications of scientific advances in plant intelligence

13. Plant Humanities and the Global South

14. South and Southeast Asian interventions in the field


Abstract: Send your abstract (within 200 words) with five relevant keywords along with a bio-note (50 words) to the email id-globalplanthumanities@gmail.com

Poetry & Prose Reading Session: The conference will include an international reading of poetry and prose focusing on plants and human-flora interactions.

Important Dates: Deadline for Abstract Submission: November 30, 2023

Date of Conference: December 12, 2023

Publication Prospects: Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the new journal Plant Perspectives or as part of an edited collection published in Lexington Books’ Critical Plant Studies series.

Registration Details: For Indian Participants Faculty Member: 1200 INR Student & Research Scholars: 700 INR

Foreign Participants: 35 USD

Helpline: +91 9051534490 / +91 7439752418

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Dr. Sk Fazlul Haque, Chief Patron & Principal, Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya, India

Goutam Majhi, Convener & Assistant Professor, Department of English, Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya, India

Dr. John Charles Ryan, Co-convener, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia