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CAWR Seminar: “Food from Nowhere”: Food, Fuel and the Fantastical in the Corporate Food Regime


Speaker

Chris Maughan

Biography

Chris is a Research Associate for the Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience researching social and cultural aspects of agroecology. Chris completed his PhD in 2015, which examined the cultural representation of environmental activism, with a specific emphasis on agricultural sites of resistance. Specifically interested in exploring how agroecological producers and advocates are innovating social mechanisms to strengthen their networks and scale-up agroecology. Also a practitioner of urban gardening: helping to manage three community gardens across Coventry and run the community food project, 'Food Union' for the Pod (a Coventry City Council mental health and community arts service).

Abstract

Science fiction has repeatedly explored the social and environmental consequences of technological development in food and energy production. Never before have these explorations been of more importance and significance. Food and fuel economies are more tightly linked than ever before; recent shifts in resource extraction and processing (by both fossil fuel and ‘biofuel’ companies) have dramatically increased the reach and destructiveness of such production regimes. This seminar will begin by giving an indication of the extent and impacts of modern biofuel production, followed by a brief examination of the ‘food sovereignty’ movement and the theoretical frameworks and practical strategies which underpin it.

Jan 26

Event Time:
Start time: 12:30
End time: 13:30

Event Location:
Engineering & Computing Building, ECG01, Coventry University, CV1 2JH

Event Contact:
CAWROffice@coventry.ac.uk