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Upcoming Events

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November 3rd, 2022
12:30 pm - 2 pm PST

 

This talk introduces the second book in an academic trilogy that began with Anna L. Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World. In this talk, Michael J. Hathaway draws from his new book, What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make. He delves into the worlds of fungi, showing us how they literally enabled our green planet and carry out active forms of liveliness in the everyday, acting as “world-makers.” Moving from fungi as an enigmatic kingdom that transformed the ancient Earth to the realm of the fascinating matsutake mushroom on the Tibetan Plateau, Hathaway reveals the ways these mushrooms are creating their own multispecies encounters, with and without humans. This book challenges a legacy of human exceptionalism and human supremacy that is dominant in Western thinking and offers ways to notice the creative liveliness of all organisms, from mammals to mushrooms.

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What a Mushroom Lives For
European Book Tour

October 6th, 2022

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October 10th, 2022

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October 13th, 2022

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Oxford University
Hosted by Professor Jamie Lorimer

Aarhus University
Hosted by Professor Heather Swanson

Oslo University
Hosted by Dr. Ursula Münsler

 

Interviews and Podcasts

September 20th, 2022

Mycological Society of San Francisco Meeting
Dr. Michael J. Hathaway:
What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make

While much of the scientific literature describes their lives in mechanistic ways, Michael suggests that fungi are actively encountering and engaging with the world. Influenced by important thinkers such as the Potawatomi scientist, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Michael shows how we better understand fungi as perceiving and interpreting beings that are shaping the world through their everyday actions. Such a vision, he contends, might help us more beyond our tendencies towards seeing our fellow kin as resources, as utilitarian objects for the plate or for profit and to dethrone the idea of humans as fundamentally and qualitatively different from all other living beings.

Summer 2022

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antennae - summer 2022 - issue 58
 
What a Mushroom Lives For
In conversation: Michael J. Hathaway and Mendel Skulski

What a Mushroom Lives For, Michael J. Hathaway’s new book, pushes today’s mushroom renaissance
in compelling new directions. For centuries, Western science has promoted a human- and animal- centric framework of what counts as action, agency, movement, and behavior.

August 8th, 2022

Breakthrough Journal 

​Matsutake’s Journeys
What one mushroom tells us about war, trade, diet, and ecology.

Lightly edited excerpt from What a Mushroom Lives For.

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July 26th, 2022

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June 15th, 2022

In this interview conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher, Dr. Hathway gives us a surprise-filled journey into science and human culture, this exciting and provocative book shows how fungi shape our planet and our lives in strange, diverse, and often unimaginable ways.
 

June 15th, 2022

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May 21st, 2022
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April 7th, 2021

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Future Ecologies Podcast
2022: In Conversation with Michael Hathaway 
Available via the Future Ecologies Patreon and forthcoming in Antennae Journal (link will be posted when available)

2021: FE 3.6 - Making Sense of Each Other
Featuring Michael Hathaway, Merlin Sheldrake, and Anicka Yi
Hosted by Mendel Skulski and Adam Huggins

May 12th, 2020

Alive Magazine

"The Secret Life of Fungi" interview with Michael J. Hathaway by Isabela Vera

September 3rd, 2020

Cornell University

Cornell East Asia Program Conversations Podcast:
"Transforming More-than-human Economies in Southwest China: The role of the Matsutake Mushroom"

May 13th, 2016

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Rice University's Culture's of Energy Podcast:
Dr. Michael Hathaway offers a different perspective on Chinese air pollution; we talk about wind as medium, metaphor and material force and about how the rise of environmental sensibility is changing politics and society in China today. What is China’s role as a global citizen?

December 28th, 2013

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Event Recordings

June 15th, 2022

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Michael J. Hathaway, Spencer Greening, and Mendel Skulski

THE LIVELINESS OF ALL BEINGS

At Massy Arts Gallery What a Mushroom Lives For book launch

Massy Arts and Massy Books Present Michael Hathaway in conversation with Spencer Greening (La'goot) on the ways that Western science often limits our understandings of the many living beings we share our lives with.

The researchers discuss different mushrooms, trees, and salmon, among many other species to show what the world might look like through ways of seeing that recognize the liveliness of all things. Hathaway will draw mainly from his work with Yi peoples of Himalayan China as well as a handful of unorthodox scientists in the Global North, and Spencer from Gitga’at and other Indigenous understandings.

Agency and Relating to The Species Around Us
Agency and Relating to The Species Around Us
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Agency and Relating to The Species Around Us

Laws of The Natural World
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Laws of The Natural World

Alternative Episemologies
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Alternative Episemologies

May 10th, 2022

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Michael J. Hathaway Presents: What a Mushroom Lives For

In conversation with Willoughby Arevalo and Mendel Skulski

THINKING ABOUT FUNGAL AGENCY

Vancouver Mycological Society Meeting

VMS member Michael J. Hathaway draws from his recently published book What a Mushroom Lives For, the second book in an academic trilogy that began with Anna L. Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World.

Moving from fungi as an enigmatic kingdom that transformed the ancient Earth to the realm of the fascinating matsutake mushroom on the Tibetan Plateau, Hathaway reveals the ways these mushrooms are creating their own multispecies encounters, with and without humans. This book challenges a legacy of human exceptionalism and human supremacy that is dominant in Western thinking and offers ways to notice the creative liveliness of all organisms, from mammals to mushrooms.