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Arboreal Entanglements: Human, Nonhuman, More-than-Human

Keynote Lecture "Vegetal ontology, as seen through Emily Dickinson’s poetic herbarium"
Michael Marder, Ikerbasque research professor at the Department of Philosophy, UPV/EHU, Vitoria-Gasteiz
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Interdisciplinary Conference

Arboreal Entanglements:
Human, Nonhuman, More-than-Human

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Research Centre for the Study of Culture (RCSC)
Justus Liebig University Giessen

June 19–21, 2024


Conference Abstract
Trees are in the air these days. Beginning in the late 1990s, during the early explosion of internet enthusiasm in the west, the concept of a "wood wide web" began to be adopted by botanists, dendrologists, and natural scientists, based in part upon research by Suzanne Simard and others showing that trees reciprocally exchanged nutrients with mycorrhizal fungi through their roots. Contemporary writers publish large, sweeping novels about humanity from an arboreal perspective, of which Powers’ The Overstory is only the most well-known. And artists create projects that dramatize the ecological implications of deforestation for climate change or collaborate with trees as artistic agents and media.
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Convenors: Richard Grusin, Jens Kugele, Anna Tabouratzidis