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Research project

Socialist Herbalism – Practices of Care for Feminist and Queer Futures

Project overview

The project engages with contemporary feminist and queer questions of care, healing and the ‘more-than-human’ dimensions within community practices.

It extends Dr Brebenel’s previous critical research on post communism and artistic practice from former socialist Eastern Europe and the Baltic region, by focusing on examples of healing and care.

It investigates historical Socialist visions of the environment, science, and the use of alternative medicines and sets these in conversation with recent global queer and feminist practices of care, which revive herbalism as a community practice.

It further positions itself within a larger conversation in critical posthumanist studies and more specifically, within a section of this discourse, that of plant studies.


Lead researcher

Dr Miha Brebenel

Lecturer B

Research interests

  • My current research and curatorial practice is focused on collaborative practices and pedagogies driven by queer and disability studies. I am developing research on the intersection between histories of herbalism and socialism, mainly in Eastern Europe and the Baltic regions.

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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