Native Plant Trust


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Decolonizing Botany: From the Herbarium to the Plantarium

Join Professor Banu Subramaniam as she shares how the foundational language and theories of modern botany are rooted in the violence of its colonial pasts. The complex biologies of plants and animals shaped agricultural labor practices. The plantation was a global enterprise, where botanical knowledge and practices circulated across the globe; where humans went, their flora and fauna quickly followed. Using case studies on such topics as invasion biology, biogeography, and plant reproductive biology, we will explore how the sciences of gender, race, class, and sexuality were shaped by the global circulations of colonialism. We will also consider strategies for decolonizing our knowledge of the botanical and the human.

Date/time detailsWednesday, April 28, 2021, 1-3 p.m.
LocationLive online
Program codeBOTW350
Fee$24 (Members)/$30 (Nonmembers)
InstructorBanu Subramaniam, PhD
CertificateElective: all certificates



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