2.00pm Introduction to Human Flourishing and Plant Biodiversity, Elizabeth Rahman, Director of Global Campus, Oxford University spinout
2.15pm Ecosystem: habitat, the human biome and affordable and accessible natural medicines, Colin Bennett, Centre of Medicines Discovery, University of Oxford
Exploring the internal and external microcosm of the human biome, as a phenomenon and lens through which to witness our complex entanglement, Colin Bennett invites us to consider our place within the eco-system of the living Planet. He considers our appetite and preparedness to engage with natural products and traditional remedies and the conditions necessary for affordable and accessible medicines.
3.00pm Q&A, Discussion, breakout and chat
3.35pm Plants as Medicine in the Anthropocene: Scientific & Indigenous Ontological Perspectives, Sarah E. Edwards, University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum
Habitat loss within the Anthropocene frames Sarah Edwards talk to explore the global demand in raw – but wild harvested – natural products. Exploring the ethical, moral and legal challenges surrounding the commodification of medicinal plants, she considers both classical pharmaceutical drugs, based on semi-synthetic or synthetic derivatives of the naturally occurring molecules found in plants, as well as drawing insights from indigenous Australian communities and highlighting people-plant interrelationships and the vital concept of “caring for country”.
4.20pm Q&A, Discussion, breakout, chat
4.50-5pm Final discussion and close of day
Sunday 27 March
2.00pm Introduction to day two, Elizabeth Rahman
2.05pm Indigenous Knowledge Going National: How Wayusa (Ecuador) and Guarana (Brazil) became the main ingredients of popular drinks, Laura Rival, Oxford University Department for International Development
Laura Rival takes us to Ecuador and Brazil to investigate the national commodification of Wayusa and Guarana, products also seeping into international markets, contrasting the means of processing and consumption, and the ontologies used to frame their use in local, national and global contexts.
2.50pm Q&A, Discussion, breakout, chat
3.25pm Potency-boosting ‘natural’ ‘herbs’ on the global health market, Elisabeth Hsu, School of Anthropology and Museum Anthropology, University of Oxford
What drives middle class citizens to buy natural herbs from far away places? Based on fieldwork among migrant medical experts, Elisabeth Hsu reflects on desire, leisure and sex in the city and the chemical, cultural and multifaceted challenges posed by tonics and potency boosters, that currently flourish on the high street - north and south, east and west.
4.10pm Q&A, Discussion, breakout, chat
4.40-5pm Final discussion and closing of course