The conference, organized by Network of Science and Literature Studies (http://www.teadusjakirjandus.utlib.ee/index2.html), focuses on plants and their intricate alliance with the environment they inhabit, whether as specimen of the life sciences, feeding crops, products of luxury spoiling our palate, or delighting our senses by their aesthetic beauty, to mention just a few of the variate procurements of plants on earth. In sketching how plant-spaces shaped Nature and Culture from the 17th century to nowadays, we aim at to map out the impact our usage of plants had and still has on the transformations of natural and man-made habitats (whether rural landscapes or garden cities, fields or laboratories, factories or kitchens).
The conference is structured along themes like plants in the museum and laboratory, plants in texts and images, plants and biodiversity, plants and people, and medical plants. The topics will be put up for discussions for exchanging ideas about the plants' kingdom and for initiating a collaboration of scholars, scientists and artists reflecting on and experimenting with plant-spaces inside the environment.
Professor Dr. Mart Kalm, Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
Professor Dr. Urmas Kõljalg, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Professor Dr. Christof Mauch, Rachel Carson Center (Germany)
Professor Dr. Verena Winiwarter, University of Klagenfurt (Austria)
We invite everybody interested in the topics to attend the mini-conference.
Sponsored by EEA Grant EMP 54 "The Cultural Heritage of Environmental Spaces: A Comparative Analysis between Estonia and Norway" and Estonian Academy of Sciences
Further information: Sabine Brauckmann, Teaduskeskus Tartu University Library, sabine.brauckmann [at] ut.ee, and Ulrike Plath, Under & Tuglas Literature Center of Estonian Academy of Sciences, ulrike [at] utkk.ee