Society for Cultural Anthropology
Abstract: The Planthroposcene is an aspirational episteme rather than a time-bound epoch, one which breaks from Anthropocene logics by displacing the singular figure of the Anthropos with the Planthropos, a figure that embodies the inextricable entanglements among plants, their people, and their more-than-human allies. This roundtable gathers planthropologists (both the listed participants and our audience-collaborators) dedicated to telling stories for the Planthroposcene, stories that recognize the profound interimplication of plants and their multispecies allies, and which seek to seed future plant/people conspiracies.
The Anthropocene is a bad scene; it is clearly no place to linger. And while the Capitalocene and the Plantationocene are crucial analytics for redirecting attention to the sources of harm in the making of this earthly catastrophe, it is time to focus on ways of doing life that we want to foster. To do this we must name our most powerful allies: those cosmically attuned, sun-loving beings who matter the compost, compose the atmosphere, clean the waters, modulate the climate, and nourish all other ways of doing life. There are remarkable plant/people conspiracies being staged the world over, from the endurance and resurgence of Indigenous plant knowledges, to radical new practices emerging in gardening, ecological restoration, urban infrastructures, architecture, art, medicine, agriculture and more. Joining this interspecies efflorescence, we invite a lively, fertile exchange between presenters and audience. Join us to root into the Planthroposcene; bring your short, focused tales of plants and their allies, stories about the vegetal solidarities that will help us grow livable worlds.