Botanical bodies: On the political and ritual meaning of plants

Louise Osieka, Aneta Rostkowska, Wendy Morris, Piet Mertens & Pieternel Vermoortel


Netwerk Aalst
Houtkaai 15
9300 Aalst

During the event Botanical bodies, On the political and ritual meaning of plants we will illuminate some social and political aspects of the history of plants and their co-option throughout colonial history, as well as their feminist and folkloristic contexts. The invited speakers are interested in the history and science of plants and how botanical treatments were historically associated with women’s social roles as healers and herbalists as well as various types of rituals. We will refer to the meaning of plants in different struggles – against colonialism and slavery, and for feminism and women’s rights in Europe. Join us for an extended afternoon of talks, encounters and discussions!

Convened by Louise Osieka (CIAP), Aneta Rostkowska (Academy of the Arts of the World), Wendy Morris, Piet Mertens and Pieternel Vermoortel (Netwerk Aalst).

Lieven Gevaert Centre
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 pb 3313
B-3000 Leuven

Lieven Gevaert Centre
UC Louvain, Archéologie et d'histoire d'art
FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1 bte L3.03.13
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve