Public Lecture: Plant-human Interaction in Contemporary Sinophone Fiction [in Danish]

14:15 to 16:00

Together with ThinkChina, the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, have invited PhD in Chinese studies, Astrid Møller-Olsen, for a talk on the use of plants in contemporary Sinophone works of fiction.


In this talk, Astrid Møller-Olsen presents her current research project Green Ink in which she looks at how contemporary Sinophone works of fiction use botanical characters, plant imagery and green environments to create alternative realities, explore possible futures and deal with traumatic pasts; colouring their writings, so to speak, with the green ink of literary plants.

Through an interdisciplinary theoretical framework based on critical plant studies, environmental humanities and gender studies, Astrid shows human beings imagine their plant others as monsters, saviours or parts of themselves. In this talk she will be giving examples from works by Chi Hui 迟卉, Yan Ge 颜歌, Dorothy Tse’s 謝曉虹, Alai 阿来, Chu T’ien-hsin 朱天心, and Dung Kai-cheung 董啟章.

Read more about the event here.