So help me, cabbage

So help me, cabbage

College of Arts | The Dear Green Bothy
Date: Thursday 28 October 2021
Time: 17:00 - 18:20
Venue: online
Category: Films and theatre, COP 26 Online

We take an unconventional look at the humble cabbage, exploring its production, the power of its image, even its ideology. Though nowadays granted little theoretical elaboration, in antiquity, discourses concerning cabbage were considerably more elevated. Cabbage was granted a bewildering range of medicinal virtues, and was even regarded as a kind of deity, causing some to use it when taking oaths: “So help me, Cabbage”. The event is a conversation, illustrated with short films, between an expert in sustainable food production, a contemporary artist working with cabbage motifs, and a classicist researching the ancient roots of ecological materialism. 


  • Matthew Fox, Professor of Classics, University of Glasgow 
  • Sophie Carabine, OBE, PhD FICFor. Member of faculty, MBA Sustainable Food and Agriculture Royal Agricultural University. Former Chair, AHDB Potato Board
  • Rachel Adams 

Presented as part of The Dear Green Bothy, a collaborative cultural programme from the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts showcasing creative and critical responses to climate emergency. 

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