Botanically Queer: Plants, Sex, and Biopolitics

Social Justice @ UBC Noted Scholars Lecture Series


We have a very full house for this event, but you are welcome to come and take a chance.   We suggest that you get there early in order to get a seat.

Dr. Catriona SandilandsSandilands-profile_picture

Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University


Plants have been profoundly queer players in modern projects of describing “life” for ethical and political consideration. From their taxonomic destabilizations of colonial order in the eighteenth century to their questionings of agency in recent posthumanist discourses, plants demand that we think about living, being, and becoming in ways that interrupt anthropocentric, heteronormative figurings of agency, futurity, and life generallySandilands pic fence. This presentation will explore “botanical queerness” with an eye to thinking through the complexity of humans’ relations to plants beyond habitual modes of address. Plants are not simply object of human concern; they offer up modes of being, becoming, and living that have been overlooked in more animal-centric accounts, and that point to a more queer and ecological understanding of life in relation to power.


Dr. Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, where she teaches and writes at the intersections of environmental humanities/ecocriticism, social and political theory, and feminist/sexuality studies; she is also Vice President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). Among her many publications, she is the co-editor of Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Indiana, 2010) and has written numerous articles and essays exploring different facets of sexual/ecological  intersection; her most recent writings on plant-human relations will be collected in the forthcoming volume Plantasmagoria: Plants and the Politics of Urban Habitat.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 29, 12pm
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
2080 West Mall, Room 028
Jack Bell Building
University of British Columbia


Co-sponsored by Ecologies of Social Difference Social Justice @ UBC Thematic Research Network, Green College Speaker Series “Oecologies: The Histories of Sustainability”, Jane Rule Endowment, Critical Studies in Sexuality, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.


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