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Lafauci, L. E. & Gianquitto, T. (2018). Herbaria 3.0.
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2018 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The collaborative project Herbaria 3.0: Telling Stories at the Plant-Human Interfaceunites environmental humanities (EH), experiential learning, and public engagement to explore how the stories we tell about plants illuminate the intertwined nature of plants and people. Storytelling fosters invested engagement with the green world and acts as a counter to the problem of “plant blindness,” or the inability to see and recognize the plants surrounding us. Without seeing the plants in our everyday worlds, we cannot learn to care for them—nor to care for biological diversity at large. Thus, Herbaria 3.0helps mitigate the loss of species by providing a space to share and remember the stories of plants that may be disappearing or changing in response to our anthropogenic climate crises. It also provides a space for humans to mourn these losses and prevent further ones.

               Herbaria 3.0makes important interventions in “citizen humanities”: the participation of the public in academic domains and the participation of academics in public ones. It also contributes to digital humanities by developing the potential of web-based platforms for fostering an ethics of care—both for nonhuman subjects and the environment at large—and for providing space to collectively mourn the losses of climate change. Finally, it advances the field of EH, particularly its critical plant studies and history of science strands, in order to help us cope with, adapt to, and mitigate climate change.

Keywords
environmental humanities, digital humanities, critical plant studies, herbaria, history of science, citizen humanities
National Category
History General Literature Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147702 (URN)
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchSwedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-09Bibliographically approved
Lafauci, L. E. (2018). Herbaria 3.0: A Citizen Humanities Project at the Plant-Human Interface. In: : . Paper presented at Baltehums: First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences, Riga, Latvia, October 8-9, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Herbaria 3.0: A Citizen Humanities Project at the Plant-Human Interface
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This presentation will introduce BALTEHUMS audiences to Herbaria 3.0, a collaborative, citizen humanities project that I have led (with a team) over the past year. This project unites environmental humanities (EH), experiential learning, and public engagement to explore how the stories we tell about plants illuminate the intertwined nature of plants and people. Simply put, we have created a website for the collection and sharing of stories about the interactions of plants and people. Using the question, “Where can a plant take you?” we invite anyone who has a story to tell about a plant to submit it for publication on our site. We edit and curate these stories, adding historical herbarium images to any personal photos the writer may submit. 

We believe that storytelling fosters invested engagement with the green world and acts as a counter to the problem of “plant blindness,” or the inability to see and recognize the plants surrounding us. Without seeing the plants in our everyday worlds, we cannot learn to care for them—nor to care for biological diversity at large. Thus, Herbaria 3.0 helps mitigate the loss of species by providing a space to share and remember the stories of plants that may be disappearing or changing in response to our anthropogenic climate crises. It also provides a space for humans to mourn these losses and prevent further ones. 

Why “herbaria”? And why “3.0”? Herbaria are collections of dried plant specimens that originated in Renaissance Italy to document medicinal plants; these constitute the “1.0” we refer to. An herbarium sheet preserves an individual plant’s roots, leaves, and flowers. The word “herbaria” also refers to the places—libraries—where these specimens are kept; these are the “2.0” of our project. Together both the specimens and the archiving of them are a visual, tactile, and material repository of plant-human interactions. The “3.0” of our project signals a connection to the past and a rebooting of herbaria for the future: to collect, share, and archive modern human-plant encounters that reflect the global movements of plants and people. 

Herbaria 3.0 makes important interventions in “citizen humanities”: the participation of the public in academic domains and the participation of academics in public ones. It also contributes to digital humanities by developing the potential of web-based platforms for fostering an ethics of care—both for nonhuman subjects and the environment at large—and for providing space to celebrate individual plants while we also collectively mourn the losses of the Anthropocene. Finally, it advances the field of EH, particularly its critical plant studies and history of science strands, in order to help us cope with, adapt to, and mitigate climate change

Keywords
environmental humanities, plant studies, cultural studies, digital humanities, citizen humanities
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161710 (URN)
Conference
Baltehums: First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences, Riga, Latvia, October 8-9, 2018
Available from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2019-11-15Bibliographically approved
Lafauci, L. E. (2018). " 'Kith and Kin': Thoreau and Yoga". In: : . Paper presented at Uses and Abuses of Thoreau at 200, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, on May 2-4, 2018..
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
Thoreau, environmental humanities, US literary history, cultural studies, US history, yoga, Bhagavad Gita, India
National Category
Specific Literatures History History of Religions Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147704 (URN)
Conference
Uses and Abuses of Thoreau at 200, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, on May 2-4, 2018.
Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved
Lafauci, L. E. (2018). "The Body": Keywords for C19 Environmental Humanities. In: : . Paper presented at Climate: C19 (The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists), Albuquerque, NM, USA, March 22-25, 2018..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"The Body": Keywords for C19 Environmental Humanities
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Keywords
US literary history, US cultural studies, environmental humanities, US history, embodiment, history of medicine, history of racial formation
National Category
Specific Literatures History Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147705 (URN)
Conference
Climate: C19 (The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists), Albuquerque, NM, USA, March 22-25, 2018.
Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved
Lafauci, L. E. (2018). "The safest place on earth": cultural imaginaries of safety in Scandinavia. In: Reinhard Hennig, Anna-Karin Jonasson, and Peter Degerman (Ed.), Nordic narratives of nature and environment: ecocritical approaches to northern literatures and cultures (pp. 21-37). Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"The safest place on earth": cultural imaginaries of safety in Scandinavia
2018 (English)In: Nordic narratives of nature and environment: ecocritical approaches to northern literatures and cultures / [ed] Reinhard Hennig, Anna-Karin Jonasson, and Peter Degerman, Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books, 2018, p. 21-37Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books, 2018
Series
Ecocritical Theory and Practice
Keywords
environmental humanities, cultural studies, Scandinavian Studies, safety, risk, heritage, migration
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Specific Literatures Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161709 (URN)9781498561907 (ISBN)9781498561914 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
Lafauci, L. E. (2017). The Great White North: Environmental Safety in Sweden and Norway. In: : . Paper presented at Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Great White North: Environmental Safety in Sweden and Norway
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Keywords
environmental humanities, Scandinavian Studies, risk and safety, cultural studies, contemporary cultures
National Category
Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147706 (URN)
Conference
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-15
Lafauci, L. E. (2016). Botanic Knowledge and Civil War. In: : . Paper presented at Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) and History of Science Society (HSS), Atlanta, GA, USA, 3-6 November 2016..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Botanic Knowledge and Civil War
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
critical plant studies, history of science, botany, US history, primary sources, archival studies, US Civil War
National Category
History Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147708 (URN)
Conference
Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) and History of Science Society (HSS), Atlanta, GA, USA, 3-6 November 2016.
Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
LaFauci, L. E. (2016). Encountering Early American Environments. Early American literature (Print), 51(2), 461-476
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Encountering Early American Environments
2016 (English)In: Early American literature (Print), ISSN 0012-8163, E-ISSN 1534-147X, Vol. 51, no 2, p. 461-476Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UNIV NORTH CAROLINA PRESS, 2016
Keywords
environmental humanities, early America, natural history
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Other Humanities Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130674 (URN)10.1353/eal.2016.0028 (DOI)000380077500011 ()
Available from: 2016-08-19 Created: 2016-08-19 Last updated: 2019-11-06
Lafauci, L. E. (2016). Narratives of Nordic Safety: Preparing for the "Long Emergency". In: : . Paper presented at ENSCAN: Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies, Mid Sweden University, Campus Sundsvall, Sundsvall, Sweden, 2-3 December 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Narratives of Nordic Safety: Preparing for the "Long Emergency"
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
environmental humanities, Scandinavian Studies, risk and safety, cultural studies, contemporary cultures
National Category
Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147707 (URN)
Conference
ENSCAN: Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies, Mid Sweden University, Campus Sundsvall, Sundsvall, Sweden, 2-3 December 2016
Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
Lafauci, L. E., Åsberg, C. & Neimanis, A. (2016). Shallow Waters: Chemical Weapons, Toxic Embodiment, and the Deep Archives of the Baltic Sea. In: : . Paper presented at Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time: Haunting.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shallow Waters: Chemical Weapons, Toxic Embodiment, and the Deep Archives of the Baltic Sea
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
environmental humanities, Baltic Sea, oceanic studies, toxic embodiment, archive studies
National Category
Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147709 (URN)
Conference
Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time: Haunting
Note

This paper was individually authored by me based on collaborative research conducted by myself and the co-authors.

Available from: 2018-05-06 Created: 2018-05-06 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
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