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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, Jessica J. Lee and Ryan Nehring.

Lent Term 2022
Theme: Traditional Knowledges

1 February: Land, Crops and Sovereignty

15 February: Decolonising Knowledge

1 March: Translation

15 March: Speaker Professor Andrew Curley, University of Arizona

Please note a change in timing to this session: time TBD

Professor Andrew Curley from the University of Arizona School of Geography, Development & Environment will speak to us about Native infrastructures and colonialism. The title of his talk and circulated reading are will be available shortly.