An exploration in the Apulian human-plants relations: uncovering wild flora knowledge for educational ways forward

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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2022
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Mcode
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Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability
Language
en
Pages
108
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The thesis aims to inform personal and collective awareness of the wild edible flora to account for the reported fragmentation in knowledge hindering the preservation of cultural heritage. It envisions the latter being advocated by schools joining the cause and contributing to the thesis’ aim. It uses ethnobotany and its study of human-plant interrelations to locate research and inspire its methodology. The latter employs a phenomenological lens that asks about the scenery of human-plant interrelations in Apulia and the knowledge present within. I ask so to discover the knowledge, understand relations and develop connections. The discovery happens by meeting twelve prime Apulian local realities. Further, I find ways to explore the relations uncovered to unleash insights that re-imagine ethnobotanical encounters. These are co-created through a workshop with seven experts and proposed to schools for fostering wild flora knowledge with an additional ‘Memory of the Apulian Flora Storybook’. I affiliate these solutions to elementary schools for hopeful implementation. Through the process, the thesis intends to show what is possible away from systematised knowledge of ethnobotany and reveals ways in which locality can be lived, learned and uncovered.
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Jalas, Mikko
Thesis advisor
Fodor, Kata
Keywords
wild edible flora, wild flora engagement, ethnobotany, ethnobotanical knowledge, human-plant interrelations, multi-layered knowledge, learning, body
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