Cosmological Gardens:

Bratton, C. (Organiser), Dalida Maria Benfield (Organiser), Pelin Tan (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar


Cosmological Gardens: Land, Cultivation and Care is an online seminar series on the meaning and future of gardens as spaces of social experimentation and radical imagining. This seminar is the first in an ongoing series of workshops and projects by the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research (CAD+SR) in partnership with the Associazione Culturale Matilde Pianciani, Spoleto, Italy.

Over four successive Fridays and Saturdays in October-November 2020, a globally diverse group of activists, artists, agronomists, farmers and scholars will meet online to engage a range of concepts related to agroecological practices, including soil and land, care pedagogies, and herb and seed heritages. We will discuss community initiatives informed by transdisciplinary agricultural thinking, including a wide-range of Indigenous knowledge and other structures of social cooperation and production. These conversations will redefine gardens, growing, and growth through broadly sustainable processes that involve both human and non-human entities. We will consider racial and environmental justice as ontological and political projects.
Period16 Oct 20207 Nov 2020
Event typeConference
LocationVirtual, Online
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • arts-based research, solidarity, education, societal, history
  • sustainable development
  • Decolonizing Development
  • ecology
  • Garden history, Archaeology