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Stockholm Archipelago Lecture: The Less Selfish Gene: Forest Altruism, Neoliberalism, and the Tree of Life

Time: Thu 2022-11-10 17.00 - 19.00

Type of event: Lectures and seminars

Welcome to join the 11th Stockholm Archipelago Lecture arranged by the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. We are happy to announce Rob Nixon as this years keynote speaker.

Why have millions of readers and viewers become magnetized by the hitherto arcane field of plant communication? Since the great recession of 2008, we have witnessed an upsurge in public science writing that has popularized research into forest sentience, forest suffering and the forest as collective intelligence.

This talk roots the current appeal of forest communication in a widespread discontent with neoliberalism’s antipathy to cooperative ways of being. Nixon argues that the science of forest dynamics offers a counter-narrative of flourishing, an allegory for what George Monbiot has called “private sufficiency and public wealth.