Repairing the Urban-Rural Rift? Growing food sovereignty in the city
- UniversityUniversity of British Columbia
- Start date
Monday, 29 Apr 2019, 13:00
- End date
Monday, 29 Apr 2019, 14:15
- International Institute of Social Studies
On 29 April 2019, Hannah Wittman from the University of British Columbia will give a seminar on the topic of 'Repairing the Urban-Rural Rift? Growing food sovereignty in the city'. This seminar is part of the Development Research Seminar (DRS) series held at the International Institute of Social Studies.
In our increasingly urbanised world, the metabolic rift is exemplified by the physical and discursive distancing between city and country, eaters and food providers, and Indigenous and settler food systems and identities. This seminar will examine the ways that urban food movement(s) - and urban agriculture in particular - engage in mobilisations for food sovereignty and agrarian citizenship.
Through work in Vancouver, Canada and Florianopolis, Brazil, Hannah Wittman explores the extent to which urban food movements can be vectors of solidarity with and alongside movements for agrarian justice, or, alternatively and in tension, represent new waves of colonisation of urban space by neoliberal capital.
Hannah Wittman is Academic Director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University and conducts community-based research related to food sovereignty, agrarian reform, and food literacy.
Her work contributes towards a critical discussion of pathways towards food sovereignty, agroecology, and health equity in Canada and Latin America. Her edited books include Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects and Struggles; Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community, and Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems.