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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 junction with the project From Collection to Cultivation, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

We meet 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.

Lent Term 2021

Week 2 (28 January)

This week, we'll discuss a broad range of readings on plant classification, invasion ecologies, and 'weeds'. 

Further reading (optional):

Week 4 (11 February)

This week, we'll discuss readings on Indigenous food sovereignty (in advance of HPS guest speaker Elizabeth Hoover).

Week 6 (25 February)

This week, we'll discuss readings on plant health, quarantine, and epidemics, ahead of our speaker Stuart McCook on 11 March.

Week 8 (11 March)

Speaker: Stuart McCook

This week, we'll hear from speaker Stuart McCook from the University of Guelph, with a talk titled 'A Fragile Abundance: The Roots of Unsustainability in the Global Coffee Industry'.