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Research Project

Phytological Critique

2023 – 2026
Buzz Buttons (Acmella oleracea). Illustration by Silvia Neretti.

Buzz Buttons (Acmella oleracea). Illustration by Silvia Neretti.

Key Question

Project Summary

Research on plant intelligence has transformed not only how we understand plants but also how we understand memory, perception, sentience, movement, cognition, and intelligence. This interdisciplinary project will work with key texts, scientific models, and media paradigms that are operative within “plant studies” to reconsider some of the foundational concepts and frameworks for contemporary thinking about the environment and planetary formations.

Research Team

Thomas Lamarre

Thomas Lamarre

Gordon J Laing Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College

University of Chicago

Thomas Lamarre teaches in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Much of his research centers on the history of media in Japan, ranging from the role of inscription technologies in ninth-century Japan (Uncovering...

Stacey Moran

Stacey Moran

Assistant Professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English

Arizona State University

Stacey Moran's work lies at the intersections of feminist theory and techno-science, design studies, and critical pedagogy. Her current research investigates how methods in the physical sciences provide a foothold for thinking about the materiality of knowledge production. Moran is Associate...

Michael Fisch

Michael Fisch

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Chicago

Michael Fisch's research is situated at the intersection of sociocultural anthropology and science and technology studies and is concerned with shifting conceptualizations and practices around nature, culture, and technology. He is the author of An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s...

Zach Yost

Zach Yost

PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies

University of Chicago

Zach Yost is a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. His research addresses processes of abstraction and the construction and interchange of concepts between social, technical, and aesthetic domains, engaging with histories and philosophies of media, science, and...

Yangquiao Lu

Yangquiao Lu

Graduate Student in Cinema and Media Studies

University of Chicago

Yangquiao Lu is interested in the many ways land and media are held together. This entails questions concerning media mechanisms and processes necessitated and mobilized by land on one hand; and on the other, politics and aesthetics of land as it is processed and constructed by visual knowledge...

Isabel Kranz

Isabel Kranz

Postdoctoral Scholar

Isabel Kranz is a postdoctoral scholar in German and Comparative Literature living in Vienna. Her ongoing research project Literary Botany: Plants as Figures of Knowledge, 1700 to 2000 focuses on the interrelations between the humanities and the sciences by analyzing different...

Vicki Kirby

Vicki Kirby

Professor Emerita of Sociology and Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences

University of New South Wales

Vicki Kirby is a Professor Emerita in the Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The motivating question behind her research is the puzzle of the nature/culture...

Christina Jauernik

Christina Jauernik

Independent Architect, Artist, and Scholar

Christina Jauernik is an architect, artistic researcher, and performance artist based in Vienna. She studied contemporary dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam, choreography and visual arts practices at Dartington College of Arts (UK), art and architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts...

Adam Nocek

Adam Nocek

Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Arizona State University

Adam Nocek is the Founding Director of the Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University. He has published widely on the philosophy of media and science; speculative philosophy (especially Whitehead); design philosophy, history, and practice; and critical and speculative...

Jun Mizukawa

Photo by Erielle Bakkum

Jun Mizukawa

Lecturer in Anthropology and Religion

Lake Forest College

Jun Mizukawa teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and in the Department of Religion at Lake Forest College. Her most recent research focuses on experimental projects in Japan that aim to establish a more sustainable, site-specific, animated entanglement across species. Her...

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