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Title: Botanical memory: Exploring emotional recollections of native flora in the Southwest of Western Australia
Contributor(s): Ryan, John C (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2012.09.001
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Abstract: This paper examines the nexus of ecology, sensory experience, and emotion through the concept of botanical memory. Building upon theoretical precedents in environmental memory, collective memory, sensory memory, bodily memory, and emotional geography, I describe botanical memory as an important cultural convergence between plants and people. An ethnographic approach to the description of botanical memory draws from transcripts of interviews conducted with amateur botanists and tourists during the spring wildflower seasons of 2009-10 in the Southwest of Western Australia. Visitors from outside the region tend to communicate feelings of celebration and appreciation focused on memories of the beauty of wildflowers. In contrast, local residents engaged in conservation efforts tend to emphasize despair over species and habitat losses witnessed during their lifetimes. The paper concludes by stressing the heterogeneous character of botanical memory as a blend of emotionality, sensuousness, and embodiment. Research into botanical memory provides a promising wellspring for uncovering sense-rich emotional connections to flora.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Emotion, Space and Society, v.8, p. 27-38
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 1755-4586
Field of Research (FOR): 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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