Herbarium Metaphors

New post on Herbarium World - Herbarium Metaphors by Maura Flannery

The last post in this series on books about herbaria is different from the others (1,2,3). It won’t focus on one book, but touch on many. What they have in common is their use of the word “herbarium” metaphorically; pressed plants are hardly mentioned, though they do come up in one book, Claudette Sartiliot’s (1993) work of literary criticism Herbarium Verbarium: The Discourse of Flowers. Herbarium here is used to signify all plants, not just dead ones. Sartiliot writes that she concentrates on modern and post-modern writers who use the flower “to reveal its polyvalent and extravagant nature, its verbal, psychological and botanical significances”.

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Congreso de la Red Universitaria de Historia Ambiental de España (RUEDHA)

The HUM 952 STAND Group of the University of Granada resumes the celebration of the Congress of the Network of Environmental History of Spain (RUEDHA) in face-to-face or hybrid format in the city of Granada, from 11th to 13th May 2022 - "Pulling the Emergency Brake. Environmental History in the face of the Global Crisis".

III Congreso de la Red Española de Historia Ambiental-RUED(H)A. Granada, 11-13 Mayo 2022 – Stand UGR


Ficções botânicas # 8: À moda do Norte

Onde descobrimos que o célebre naturalista, químico e pensador económico Domenico (Domingos) Vandelli, fundador do primeiro jardim botânico nacional, o da Ajuda, era também um industrial da cerâmica. Não será assim tão surpreendente se considerarmos o interesse deste lente de Coimbra pelo aproveitamento dos recursos naturais endógenos, seja através (e principalmente) da agricultura, seja pela indústria. Assim disse: “as fábricas que merecem a maior atenção são aquelas que fazem uso das produções nacionais”. E assim fez, fabricando louça de notável qualidade e sucesso.


Coastal Studies & Society

Coasts are, by definition, adjacent to large bodies of water. This has made it difficult to carve out a space for discussion of coasts as distinct from oceans, and of coastal studies as something distinct from maritime studies. Coastal Studies & Society aims to coordinate and direct sustained attention to the relationship between the land and sea and society that comprises a nature-culture hybrid territory which has appeared at the periphery of so many academic inquiries, but at the centre of too few. The new approaches to the coast are diverse, but they share an enhanced concern for the local, the adjacent, or the domestic, discriminating between the fine gradations of coastal experience. They may also approach local specificities as the basis for the travelling of ideas, people, animals, plants, and assets that explain the role of coasts as open global interfaces. All of these themes can be considered across disciplines, and at different temporal and spatial scales. Coastal Studies & Society comprises a wide-ranging collaboration between humanities and social science research, along with other fields of human knowledge. It will promote new alignments that are able to challenge older agendas and methodologies, as well as propose new ones. It caters to a growing and vibrant area of scholarly work that is currently scattered but will find here a common place for shared encounters and synergies.

Editorial board:

Joana Gaspar Freitas (FLUL/Projeto ERC Dunes)

Robert James (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Isaac Land (Indiana State University, USA)


IV Report(H)a Meeting - PROGRAMME

The programme is now available!

The IV Report(H)a meeting - "Sapiens, Health and Environment Meeting: Natural and Artificial Frontiers", from 14 to 16 October, will be entirely online with access through a virtual platform developed for it.

The access links and credentials to enter the virtual platform will be sent to the participants at the beginning of next week.

We inform you that you can download the programme with the description of the Meeting's sessions through the website:


O programa já se encontra disponível!

O IV Encontro Report(H)a - "Sapiens, Saúde e Meio Ambiente: Fronteira naturais e Artificiais", de 14 a 16 de outubro, será totalmente em formato online e com acesso através de uma plataforma virtual desenvolvida para o mesmo.

Os links de acesso e as credenciais para a entrada na plataforma virtual serão enviados no inicio da próxima semana aos participantes registados.

Informamos que podem fazer o download do programa com a descrição das sessões do Encontro através do website:




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