Conference Program

9:00-9:15   Introduction and Welcome

Becky Schulthies, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

Richard Schroeder, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences

9:15-10:30  Panel Presentations

Charles L. Briggs, University of California-Berkeley
Of Trees, Bats, and Viruses: Diseased Communicabilities and the Implosion of Species

Becky Schulthies, Rutgers University
Herbalists, Housewives, and a Semiotic Calculus of Plant-Human Healing

Janelle Baker, McGill University
Do Berries Listen? Berries as indicators, ancestors, and medicines in Canada’s oil sands region

Ruth Goldstein, Harvard College Fellow
From Ayahuasca to Arabidopsis thaliana: Communicating Human-Plant Interactions

10:30-11:00  Coffee break

11:00-12:30  Panel Presentations

Elisabeth Hsu, Oxford University
The phono-aesthetics of qing

Paul Kockelman, Yale University
The Secret Heliotropism of Flowers

Mary Nucci, Rutgers University
The love and hate of weeds: An interdisciplinary analysis of opinions in media, metaphors and biological facts

Lena Struwe, Rutgers University
The love and hate of dandelions: The hybridization of symbolism and botany in contemporary society

12:30-2:00  Lunch break

2:00-3:00  Panel Presentations

Siad Darwish, Rutgers University
The Mechmoum, Tunisia’s Jasmine Nosegay: A Multi-sensory Charm in the Context of a Garbage Crisis

Nicholas Kawa, Ohio State University
“Plants that Keep the Bad Vibes Away (& Other Stories of Ecosemiotic Interplay in the Urban Amazon)”

Natasha Myers, York University
Between Sense, Sensation, and Sentience: Vegetalizing the Human Sensorium to Meet Plant Worlds

3:00-3:30  Coffee break

3:30-5:00  Roundtable discussion on themes