Tuberous Collectivities

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Tuberous Collectivities: An Interdisciplinary Exploration into Human-Tuber Companionship across Histories

While potato was vital to the expansion of the Inca empire, its role in the emergence of European capitalism is well established. It is now produced on the five continents, and new countries, like China and India, are emerging as leaders competing with former massive producers from the Western capitalist corner. This workshop sets out to revisit and nuance existing theories on the tuberous egalitarian social formations, by documenting tuber-human “companionship” (Haraway 2008) in disparate historical contexts and thereby examining the manifold tuber protagonism in an array of societies. What is the impact of this tuberous turn for humans, tubers, and the other beings composing these contemporary ecologies? How does human-tuber relatedness unfold across space and time and what kinds of collectives are thread in these encounters? To tackle these questions, this workshop gathers scholars from an array of disciplines who will document human-tuber entanglements in history, geography, botany, anthropology, sociology, political sciences or philosophy.

Dates: 14th and 15th of March 2022

Venue: Jesus College – University of Cambridge - UK

Funding: ERC – FNRS – ULB – Fondation Wiener Anspach


  • Olivia Angé – University of Brussels
  • David Nally – University of Cambridge


  • Rebecca Earle – University of Warwick
  • James Scott – Yale University
  • Marilyn Strathern – University of Cambridge


  • Francesca Bray – University of Edinburgh
  • Ludovic Coupaye – University College London
  • Helen Curry – University of Cambridge
  • Lewis Daly – University College London
  • Roy Ellen – University of Kent
  • Patrick Joyce – University of Manchester
  • Eben Kirksey – Deakin University
  • Mark Mosko – Australian National University
  • Deirdre O’Mahony – Artist and Researcher, Kilkenny
  • Nancy Ries – Colgate University
  • Richard Scaglion – University of Pittsburgh
  • Aså Sonjasdotter – University of Gothenburg, Artis
  • Michael Uzendoski – Flacso, Equator
  • Karl Zimmerer – Pennsylvania State University


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