CfP: Structures of Power, Oppression and Resistance in food and food systems (Event; 11-12/2023, Jyväskylä); by: 31.07.2023

The 20th ETMU Days Conference, 2023 (Web)

Time: 29.11.–1.12.2023
Venue: Univ. of Jyväskylä, Finland
Proposals by: 31.07.2023

Food systems, from labour to consumption, is an “international nexus of capital, colonialism, white supremacy” that cuts across “immigration, labour, human rights and international trade laws” (Harris, 2021; p. xii). It encompasses intersections of capitalist accumulation, imperialism, dispossession, knowledge on health, animals and the environment.
For instance, global food systems rely on precarious and underprotected labour performed by migrants, including seasonal workers, those displaced and/or in undocumented situations, and racially minoritized people (Allen, 2016; Dines & Rigo, 2016). Their underprotection and precarity was highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic (Elver & Sharpiro, 2021). Slaughterhouse workers, often racially minoritized and migrants, are traumatised by working with and seeing large scale mechanized killing of animals within industrial farming (e.g Holdier 2016). Indigenous food sovereignty remains undermined through settler colonialism, and the expansion industrial agriculture and animal industry contribute to land grabs and climate change (Westhoek et al. 2014; Robin et al., 2016, Notess, 2018). Moreover, oppression manifest through food consumption norms like appropriation and commodifying “other-ed” cuisine; Nordic cuisine is linked to race, gender and class oppression (hooks, 1992; Rossi, 2009; Andreassen & Ahmed-Andresen, 2013).
Nevertheless, resistance and solidarity are also performed through and with food, ranging from community-led programs, marginalized knowledge of food brought to the forefront, and refusal of food. This workshop welcomes research that problematizes structural issues surrounding food and food systems translocally, and more importantly, finds solutions and possibilities of resistance – inside and outside of academia. The organizers welcome submissions in English that challenge dominant knowledges across diverse contexts using the following, but not exclusively, approaches: Read more and source …. (Web)