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


Next year’s dates TBD – stay tuned for updates

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)

January 2020
Erasmus Darwin, The Loves of Plants ( 1789)
Molly Mahood, “Erasmus Darwin’s feeling for the organism,” from The Poet as Botanist (2008)
Daisy Lafarge, “Can You Be a Revolutionary & Still Love Flowers?” (Mal Journal no. 3, 2019)

February 2020
Londa Schiebinger, Plants and Empire (2004)

March 2020
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (2013)
Raoul Francé, Plants as Inventors (1926)

This schedule is subject to change. Suggestions welcome!

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)