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Nourishing futures: Food, health, and diet in times of crisis

Nourishing futures
Food, health, and diet in times of crisis


Australian Food, Society, and Culture Network (AFSCN)

Co-hosted by the Australian Food, Society, and Culture Network, the University of Sydney Business School, the Department of Anthropology, and the Charles Perkins Centre.

This interdisciplinary symposium explores changing food systems, practices, and futures in an age of multiple, overlapping crises. The speakers will investigate new ways of thinking about the relationship between ecology, food, culture, and health in an age of self-devouring growth, when environmental and social inequities are intensifying, and health concerns are amplified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Event date: Friday 15 July 2022

Revised starting time of presentations: 10am – 5pm (due to key-note speaker being ill) In-person registration (tea & coffee): 9:30 – 10 am

Where: ABS Seminar Room 3110
Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney Business School, Darlington NSW 2006 (Google Map location)

Contact: for more information

Click here for Zoom Link  then click on the ‘Register’ button to reveal the Zoom link (available only to those who have registered prior to registration deadline).


* asterisked talks refer to pre-recorded presentations from speakers who are joining us online

9:30 – 10:00 In-person registration (tea & coffee)

10:00 – 10:30 Introduction & welcome – Chair: Sophie Chao (University of Sydney)

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1: Food and foodways in the Covidscape – Chair: John Coveney

*Making time for plants: Marking the temporalities, rhythms, and durations of vegetal life in times of crisis, Kelly Donati (William Angliss Institute)

Eat like normal humans’: The (un)civilizing process of Australia’s hotel quarantine, Christopher Mayes (Deakin University) and Jane Williams (University of Wollongong)

*Articulating im/mobilities: Food systems, dis/connections, and pandemic in Dolpo, Nepal, Emlet Logan (Yale University)

*Ruderal foodscape: Possibilities to (in)securitize food in urban Chiang Mai, Thailand, Areeya Tivasuradej (Chiang Mai University)

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 Panel 2: Land, sovereignty, and kin-centered food futures – Chair: Teresa Davis

*Re-imagining food sovereignty among Indigenous communities of Nagaland, Northeast India, Longshibeni N. Kithan (Central University of Karnataka)

The regenerative turn: Unsettling Australian agriculture, Madeleine Miller (University of New South Wales)

Cultivating a taste for the future, Bethaney Turner (University of Canberra)

The Indigenous food stories podcast, Miri (Margaret) Raven (University of New South Wales) and Jennifer Macey (University of Wollongong)

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break

Nourishing Futures: Food, Diet, and Health in Times of Crisis
2:45 – 4:30 Panel 3: Biopolitical, multisensorial, and multispecies approaches – Chair: Sophie Chao

After eating: Sensing metabolism, metabolism as sensory apparatus, Lindsay Kelley (University of New South Wales and Australian National University)

*A war of wheat, Mia Shouha (University of Sydney)

*What is natural? A multispecies lens on changing foodscapes in West Tanzania, Emelien Devos (Ghent University)

Making ‘white’ rice healthy: Eating for type 2 diabetes in urban India, Pallavi Laxmikanth (University of Adelaide)

*Are these deaths all the same? Towards a death-based approach to food, Alessandro Guglielmo (University of Milan ‘La Statale’)

4:30 – 5:00 Discussion – Chair: Teresa Davis

What came out of this symposium?
What themes might the next symposium focus on?
Where do we want the AFSCN to go?

5:00 Event ends


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