Reading Plants is a reading group dedicated to studying plant life and our relation to it. Each month we meet to discuss old and new texts about the vegetal world in connection with topics like consciousness, poetics, gender and sexuality, imperialism and capitalism. We are generously hosted by Rochester Square (1 Rochester Square, NW1 9SD London).

All are welcome to join. For interest, inquiries and access to readings, please write to readingplants@gmail.com


20 October 2019, 1-3pm
Francis Hallé, In Praise of Plants (1999/2002), 23-171

17 November 2019, 1-3pm
Francis Hallé, In Praise of Plants (1999/2002), 173-304

15 December 2019, 1-3pm

This special session takes place at Fulham Palace House and Gardens (Bishop’s Ave, Fulham, London, SW6 6EA). We will meet at 1pm in the vinery in the walled garden; the discussion will be followed by an introduction to plant propagation.

Gustav Fechner, Nanna, or the Soul-Life of Plants (1848)
Ursula K. Le Guin, “Vaster than Empires and More Slow” (1971)

26 January 2020
Janet Browne, “Botany for Gentlemen: Erasmus Darwin and The Loves of the Plants” (Isis 80:4, 1989)
Daisy Lafarge, “Can You Be a Revolutionary & Still Love Flowers?” (Mal Journal no. 3, 2019)
Ovid, Metamorphoses (selections)
The Song of Songs (selections)

23 February 2020
Londa Schiebinger, Plants and Empire (2004), Chapters 1, 2 and 5

March 2020 *CANCELLED*
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (2013)

Meetings have been postponed until further notice. Please stay safe, and stay tuned.

Recommended Readings

Teresa Castro, The Mediated Plant, e-flux journal #102, September 2019

Emanuele Coccia, The Life of Plants (Medford, MA: Polity Press, 2018)

Mal Journal, issue 3: PLANTSEX, April 2019

Michael Marder, Plant Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)

Anna Loewenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015)