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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


The Greenhouse is a meeting place for students and researchers interested in the history and sociology of plants, food, agriculture and environment to explore how science and technology shape what we grow and eat.

The regular programme of papers and discussions is curated in conjunction with the project From Collection to Cultivation, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The reading group is open to all. We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays, 12noon–1pm to discuss papers or presentations. We're currently meeting via Zoom, with access information circulated prior to the sessions via our reading group mailing list. Write to us at to subscribe.

Organised by Helen Anne Curry and Jessica J. Lee.

Michalemas Term 2021
Theme: Green Revolution

19 October: New Perspectives on the Green Revolution

Optional additional reading:

2 November: Gender, Race, and the Green Revolution

16 November: Crop Legacies of the Green Revolution

30 November: Speaker: Sigrid Schmalzer

For this session we'll be hearing from speaker Professor Sigrid Schmalzer, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sigrid's talk title is TBD, with a text circulated closer to the time.