Workshop: ‘Food, Justice and Food Justice for All’, University of Birmingham at Edgbaston.

The food systems of the globe are undergoing upheaval as are the natural and political systems of the planet that supports them. It is reflected in the concerns shown across the wide variety of organisations which make up the Food Movements of Britain.

In order to register your interest in attending, please complete the form below. Places are limited and we will operate on a first come first served basis mindful of the need to keep the space diverse. We will close this form on Monday June 12th at midnight.

This isn’t surprising because there are many changes afoot: political, social and economic, all of which affect how, what, where and when and by whom foodstuffs are being produced, marketed, processed and consumed.

On the face of it, it looks gloomy. How can we, as disparate as we are, faced with a very uneven system of power and representation, and with such a wide variety of approaches, ever hope to gain sufficient consensus to attain a goal of food sovereignty for all?

This too supposes that the laudable aims of the food sovereign mantra can be applicable to all the citizens of Britain. Can we attain sustainable lifetime neighbourhoods across the nation which reflect shared values of care, common prosperity and justice?

In Britain we note that certain groups are conspicuously absent from activist food movements. Often, these movements carry particular cultural baggage, tied up with privilege and falling short on how to incorporate race, gender, class and other dimensions of difference or similarity within the food sovereignty agenda.

This first gathering of activists, organisers and researchers bring into commonspace those who are interested in looking at issues of food justice post the European Nyeleni Food Sovereignty Gathering of 2016 to ask questions pertaining to Food Justice in an era of significant change and upheaval.

We search for what can be transformed through our respective spheres of work that can bring about greater food equalities for all in a post Brexit Britain and in a world riven by greed and threatened by the consequences of climate change. We are mindful of the existence of our shared responsibilities and recognize that ultimately we must plan for the future of planet Earth.

Specifically, this workshop will explore how food activism can reflect feminist, antiracist, and anti-colonial/decolonial commitments. We will grapple with what it means to liberate our diets, ourselves and our activism from colonial relationships of production, trade, processing and consumption. We ask: How do we make sense of the different realities of lived food experiences across time and space, taking into account the influences of power and privilege? How might we think through the intersections of diaspora, colonialism, assimilation, generational differences, and food gentrification/cultural appropriation?

How can we take this work forward in our own practice and more broadly in the UK food movements?

At this workshop we will:

  • Exchange experiences and identify common strategies
  • Identify who and what is missing from different strands of work
  • Take stock of what’s happening in Britain around “food justice for all”
  • Identify and plan for possible ways to work together, including how to resource  joint projects

We will facilitate a ‘bring and share’ lunch and an evening meal. The day will start at 10.30 and close at 19.00. We will use a combination of workshops and discussions to facilitate the day. Please let us know here if you are interested in facilitating a workshop or discussion and give us a brief description, together with your contact details.

The workshop will take place on Friday 30 June, 2017, between 10.30 and 19.00 (7.00 pm) and be held, courtesy of Dr P. Noxolo, in room 311 at the University of Birmingham at Edgbaston.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Further joining details will be supplied to the limited number (30 places) of people who register to attend the event.


Thank you for your interest.


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