I presented this paper, “You can do this with mushrooms?!”: Wonder and DIY mycology, at a conference called Wonder and the Natural World, June 20 – 23, 2016, at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. It’s topic are expressions of wonder and amazement among practitioners of DIY (do-it-yourself) mycology. It’s based on my field work among such practitioners primarily in the SF Bay Area but also in urban areas in the Pacific Northwest. In this paper, I discuss the constituents of these feelings of wonder and consider their origins, inspired by the historical work by Katherine Park and Lorraine Daston on wonder and drawing on the anthropological consideration of potentiality.
This conference was hosted by the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES).