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).