Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 104
"Radical botanical resistance: Nation-building, empire, and rewilding urban space in Singaporean short fiction"
The island country and city-state of Singapore is frequently thought to be a place of contradictions and constant reinvention – a strictly controlled urban environment that is tailored to a futuristic vision of a multicultural, green, and globalized nation. Contemporary literature engages with the complications that arise in such an environment and questions the origins of this progressivist vision. In this guest session, we will explore the entangled nature of imperialism, horticulture, and urban development and discuss an example of speculative short fiction which re-imagines a chapter in Singapore’s colonial history. The text presents an example of non- human agency and radical botanical resistance against imperialism and spatial control far beyond the local context. Through the text, we will explore a vivid vision of an urban environment that refuses to be contained and controlled.
If you would like to obtain more information on this guest lecture or attend the talk, please contact Tamara Imboden.
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