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The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is a meeting place for students and researchers interested 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 junction with the project From Collection to Cultivation, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Greenhouse meets fortnightly on Thursdays, 1–2pm, via Zoom. All welcome! If you're outside the Department and keen to join us, please email

Organised by Helen Anne Curry and Jessica J. Lee.

Michaelmas Term 2020

15 October

For our first meeting, we'll discuss:

29 October

For our second meeting, we'll hear from Dr Jessica J. Lee, part of the From Collection to Cultivation team. She'll speak about her recent book Two Trees Make a Forest, giving a short talked entitled 'Gaps in Translation: On Taiwan's Plants, Language and Literature'.

12 November

For our third meeting, we'll be reading:

26 November

For our fourth meeting, we'll hear from Dr Katie Dow, a Cambridge research associate in sociology. She'll speak about her recent ethnographic work on seed saving, with a talk entitled 'Seed-Saving in London: Slow Ethnography in Times of Crisis'.