Please join Sarah and many others for this online conference to be held June 17 + 18, 2021!

This free two-day online event will explore plant/human connections, including ethics in human treatment of plants, plant sentience and communication, and opportunities for developing more respectful and reciprocal relationships between humans and plants.  The conference is being led by initiator Paul Moss, and will be hosted through the University of Minnesota. I am delighted to be a member of the ten-person conference planning collective.

On June 17, I will be co-presenting with Alice McSherry for our session, “Conversations toward More-Than-Intellectual Modes of Knowing with Vegetal Beings.”

The conference goals of Toward a New Way of Being with Plants are to:

  • inspire people to change the ways in which they think about, interact with, and utilize plants so that their actions will be more respectful toward and collaborative with plants
  • advance the perspective that plants are much more complex, sentient, and intelligent than is commonly acknowledged
  • provide a forum for Indigenous and other perspectives that promote more respectful ways of relating with plants 
  • help to connect people who are interested in working for more respectful treatment of plants
  • encourage and support the development of a network seeking to increase respectful treatment of plants that will continue after the event
  • inspire and encourage scholarly emphasis on plant-human relationships

All are welcome to attend! The conference will be held on the Whova platform using Zoom to facilitate attendee participation and involvement. Feel free to forward information about the conference to your networks.

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Image: Artwork courtesy of Zachari Logan.
(detail) Esta Selva Selvaggia, No. 1, pastel on black paper, 59 X 288 inches, 2019