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Saturday University: The Charisma of Wild Mushrooms

Apr 6 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

The Charisma of Wild Mushrooms: Matsutake and the Forest Revitalization Movements in Japan
Shiho Satsuka, University of Toronto

Satsuka is an anthropologist with an interest in how different views of nature are shaped by global capitalism. In her work on matsutake, the highly valued wild mushroom, she focuses on the satoyama movement that aims to revitalize the traditional agrarian forests—transitions between farm and forest—that produce matsutake in Japan. As part of a larger conversation of a “new commons,“ this movement envisions alternative relationships between people and natural environments.

About the Presenter

Shiho Satsuka is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is currently drafting a book manuscript tentatively entitled, "The Charisma of Wild Mushrooms." Along with six other scholars, she is part of the Matsutake Worlds Research Group, which documents the rich variety of cultural and ecological lifeways emerging across matsutake’s path. They are interested in matsutake cultures and ecologies as multispecies worlds where life continues in the midst of great disturbances. One project of the group is the Matsutake Stories website, which shares stories they have gathered from around the world of matsutake scientists, forest managers, pickers, buyers, grocers, chefs, and consumers.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 am.


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Full series tickets: $53; SAM members $28
SAVE: winter and spring series: $120; SAM members $62
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.
Photo: Tatiana Bulyankova, Creative Commons License

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