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Food systems beyond the pandemic?

Global food supply chains, we have been told often in recent years, are in crisis. How much, though, does this language of crisis – as particular, contextual, temporally-bound – suffice to describe the conditions of the present? 

Friday 22 July, 11.00-12.30 pm AEST
IRSA World Congress of Rural Sociology
Cairns & Online

Join Victoria Stead, Melinda Hinkson, Lauren Rickards, Kelly Donati, Sarah Sipperl, Tomaso Ferrando, and Alex Blanchette for the panel discussion. 

The roundtable event is part of an online series being organised by the World Congress of Rural Sociology, the Australasian AgriFood Network, Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food (RC40), in conjunction with the Institute of Postcolonial Studies.

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Food systems beyond the pandemic?

Crisis, disruption, regeneration

In a context in which disruptions to the production, distribution and consumption of food are figured as exceptions to the smooth, just-in-time efficiencies of global supply chains, the COVID-19 pandemic has not simply represented a particular and acute moment of disruption, but rather a lens on a deeper, longer set of structural processes within which disruption is endemic. In this special roundtable event, join contributors to the recently-published Beyond Global Supply Chains: Crisis Disruption, Regeneration (Palgrave, 2022) in conversation about the structural, environmental and political fault lines running through the global food system, and the transformational possibilities we might yet wrest from the upheavals of the present moment. 

Join Victoria Stead, Melinda Hinkson, Lauren Rickards, Kelly Donati, Sarah Sipperl, Tomaso Ferrando, and Alex Blanchette for the panel discussion. 

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

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Date: 22 July 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Location: RSA World Congress of Rural Sociology
Cairns & Online

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Future of Food Lauren Rickards Melinda Hinkson



Victoria Stead

is an anthropologist and Australian Research Council DECRA Senior Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her research sits at the intersection of attention to race and labour relations in the horticultural industry.

Melinda Hinkson

is an Associate Professor of anthropology at Deakin University and director of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies. Her latest research explores creative responses to disruption and visions of agricultural futures in regional Australia.

Lauren Rickards

is a Professor in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, where she leads the Climate Change Transformations research program. She is a co-director of the Climate Change Exchange and a lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Kelly Donati

is an ethnographer in gastronomy and agriculture. She coordinates and lectures in Australia’s only Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.

Sarah Sippel

is a Senior Researcher at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Her research explores the nexus between global food security, financialization of natural resources, and emerging forms of solidarities within global agri-food systems.

Tomaso Ferrando

is Research Professor at the Faculty of Law and Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp (Belgium). Between 2016 and 2020 he was legal advisor of the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Professor Hilal Elver.

Alex Blanchette

is an anthropologist at Tufts University. His research examines shifting values of human labor, non-human life, industrialization and deindustrialization in the United States. He is the author of Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm (Duke University Press 2020)