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6PM Food & Social Networks

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Leader: Dr. Natalie Doonan, IPLAI, McGill University
Contact: natalie.doonan@mail.mcgill.ca for location & food contribution

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. Parts I “What’s Left?” and III “Disturbed Beginnings: Unintentional
Design,” In The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist
Ruins. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 2015.

Matsutake is a prized wild mushroom. It grows in human-disturbed environments and is
technically classed a weed. As such, it represents the paradoxes that are inherent to life that
thrives in ruins. Tsing considers the value of story-telling from more-than-human
perspectives, taking into account the collaborative relationships that develop between
plants and animals, spawning new life in the most unexpected places. We will discuss the
merits and limitations of this approach to story-telling.

Potluck prompt: starring a wild or resilient lead.


November 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm