Botanical Ontologies: A Cross-Disciplinary Forum on Human-Plant Relationships

May 16-17 2014, Oxford, UK

Conference Programme

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Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, The Oxford Centre for the Humanities

8.15 AM-5.15 PM

Registration & Doors open at 8.15 AM

(Early Registration on Friday 16 May at 4:45 PM)

 

8.30-10.30 AM   SESSION 1—THE CONSTRUCTION OF BOTANICAL KNOWLEDGE

Iwa Kołodziejska-Degórska (University of Warsaw): The role of magazines and books in the creation of local ethnobotanical knowledge of villagers in central Ukraine

Natalia Magnani (University of Cambridge): Skolt Sami Herbal Medicine and Perception of Environment: Transitions in Availability and Value of Medicinal Plants

Dr Elena Bulakh (SOCIUS-ISEG Lisbon University): On Cognitive Principles In Plant Naming

Viola Bizard (University of Kent): ‘Following the season of others:’ Rattan (Arecaceae: Calamoideae) knowledge and its acquisition amongst Ngaju Dayak in Indonesian Borneo

Session Chairs: Professor William Beinart (African Studies Center, Oxford) and Luiseach Nic Eoin (Archaeology, Oxford)

10.30-10.45 AM-Tea Break

10.45 AM-12.15 PM   SESSION 2—THE USE OF BOTANICAL KNOWLEDGE

Joseph B. Powell (UC-Santa Barbara & Louisiana State University): Actor-networks and collaborative plant breeding in Northwest Portugal: an evaluation of farmer – plant breeder interaction (**NB: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this paper will not be presented at the conference.)

Rodrigo Cámara-Leret et al. (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid): Traditional knowledge of medicinal plants in northwest South America is strongly localized

Nora Villamil Buenrostro (University of Oxford): A darn of scientific knowledge to a Botanical Garden run by a local indigenous community in the Mexican Mixtec

Theresa Miller (University of Oxford): ‘Living lists’: exploring the materiality of ethnobotanical knowledge in indigenous communities

Session Chairs: Dr Stephen Harris (Plant Sciences, Oxford) and Theresa Miller (Anthropology, Oxford)

12.15-1.15 PM-Lunch

1.15-3.00 PM  SESSION 3—BIO-CHEMICAL PERSPECTIVES

Luci Attala (Exeter University): Conversations over dinner: a phyto-centric exploration of being edible

Felix C. H. Sprang (University of Hamburg): The Voluntary Movement of Plants in Romantic Poetry: Challenging Anthropocentric Conceptions of Plants Then and Now

Fiona Bradshaw (University of Oxford): Not Just Sitting in the Old Gum Tree: exploring the uses of Australian and Oceanian plant resins through chemical analysis

Elizabeth Ann Rahman (University of Oxford): Tobacco, a ‘master plant’ and person known and used in indigenous and non-indigenous contexts

Session Chairs: Dr Alison Foster (Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford) and Jade Whitlam (Archaeology, University of Reading)

3.00-3.15 PM-Tea break

3.15-5.15 PM   SESSION 4—NEW ONTOLOGIES

Coupaye, Ludovic (UCL): ‘Old Pots and New Broths:’ Ontology and Chaine Opératoire. The Example of Long Yam Cultivation among the Ambulas (Abelam) Speakers of Nyamikum (East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea)

Kay E Lewis Jones (University of Kent & Kew): Banking on Biodiversity and what it means to conserve a wild seed in the anthropocene: perceptions of threat and value in a conservation network

Tyler Phan (UCL): Faults, Phases, and Patterns: Mapping Assemblages in Traditional Indic, Tibetan, and Sino Medicinal Plant Ontologies

Maria Zurita (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle): Local time categories: perspectives of plant knowledge

Session Chairs: Dr Laura Rival (Anthropology, Oxford) and Lewis Daly (Anthropology, Oxford)

5.15-Closing remarks

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7.00 Dinner for Registered Participants at Al-Shami Lebanese Restaurant, 25 Walton Crescent, Oxford OX1 2JG

(For those who have registered in advance – £15 per person. See the More Details section for more info)

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