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Upcoming talk: Haroon Akram-Lodhi, "Feeding the Future: Understanding the Contemporary Food Crisis"

Date & Time: Friday, February 27, 6pm

Location: EEEL 161

As part of the Food Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (co-PI: Marit Rosol).


Around the world hunger continues to be a pervasive issue. This talk summarizes current evidence regarding global hunger and demonstrates that its principal cause is not to be found in the amount of food produced around the world but rather is a consequence of the terms and conditions by which the world food system operates. Challenging key aspects of the food system, it is argued that hunger can only be addressed by a rootand-branch transformation of the world food system.

Haroon Akram-Lodhi is Professor of Economics and International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics, a Fellow of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Women’s Rights Programme of the Open Society Foundations in New York City. Haroon Akram-Lodhi undertakes extensive advisory services for various UN agencies in Asia and Africa.

Upcoming talk: Annette Aurélie Desmarais, "The Revolutionary Potential of Food Sovereignty"

Date & Time: Thursday, January 30, 5-7pm

Location: BI 587

As part of the Food Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (co-PI: Marit Rosol).


Climate change, a growing health crisis, the persistence of hunger, and a rise of exclusionary politics all clearly demonstrate the need for and the potential of food sovereignty. Since La Vía Campesina introduced the peasant idea of food sovereignty back in 1996, the idea has gained a lot of traction as a radical alternative to globalized food systems. But, what exactly is food sovereignty? What is it that makes it such a powerful idea? How do communities actually engage in food sovereignty. This presentation will answer these questions by looking at three cases of food sovereignty in action: the global struggle for peasant existence and power, women’s struggles for equity/equality in La Vía Campesina, and how Basque farmers are holding back right-wing populism.

Annette Aurélie Desmarais, PhD is the Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty at the University of Manitoba. She is the author of La Vía Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants (2007), editor of Frontline Farmers (2019) and coeditor of three volumes on food sovereignty. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in Geography she was a small-scale farmer in Saskatchewan.

Upcoming talk: Anthony Levenda, "(Urban) Frontiers of Data (Capital) Accumulation"

Date & Time: Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00-4:00

Location: Science Theatres 139

Abstract: New political economic interests have overtaken the urban through digital forms of exploitation and appropriation. Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Twitter—the “unicorns” that haunt San Francisco’s affordable housing activists—offer up a vision of a radically changed urban future with new forms of social stratification and division. As Scott (2013) argues, cognitive-cultural capitalism is creating greater inequalities and more exclusive urban spaces for the global tech elite. At the same time, the normalization of the services and products provided by these monopolistic companies are turning the urban into a global audience commodity (Wyly 2013; Smythe 1981; Zuboff 2019). Using case studies of Seattle, Austin, and San Francisco, we argue that the city is the key resource of the digital economy.

Upcoming talk: Gillian Rose, "data bodies, smart bodies and sensible bodies: posthuman corporeality in the digitally mediated city"

Date & Time:
March 26, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EEEL 161
Gillian Rose is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. 

data bodies, smart bodies and sensible bodies: posthuman corporeality in the digitally mediated city

Digital technologies of various kinds are now the means through which many cities are made visible and their spatialities negotiated. From casual snaps shared on Instagram to elaborate photo-realistic visualisations, digital technologies for making, distributing and viewing cities are more and more pervasive. This talk will explore some of the implications of that digital mediation for the bodies assembled in digitally mediated urban spaces. What forms of embodiment are being made visible in these digitally mediated cities, and how? Through what configuration of urban temporality, spatiality and sociality? And how should that picturing be theorised?  Drawing on recent work on the visualisation of so-called 'smart cities', the lecture will suggest the scale and pervasiveness of digital imagery now means that notions of 'representation' have to be rethought.  Cities and their inhabitants are increasingly mediated through a febrile cloud of streaming image files; as well as representing cities, this cloud also operationalises particular ways of being urban.  The lecture will explore some of the implications of this shift for both theory and method as well as critique.


Gillian Rose is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is the author of Feminism and Geography (Polity, 1993), Doing Family Photography (Ashgate, 2010) and Visual Methodologies (Sage, fourth edition 2016), as well as a many papers on images, visualising technologies and ways of seeing in urban, domestic and archival spaces. She is leading the ESRC-funded project Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes; her particular interest is how digital visualisations of many kinds operationalise smart cities ( She also curates the digital | visual | cultural series of events ( Gillian’s webpage is at; she blogs at visual/method/culture and can be found on Twitter @ProfGillian.


Dr. Rose's visit to Calgary is organized by the Social Justice and the Smart City Interdisciplinary Working Group at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. To find out more about the group and to contact the conveners about participating in their research activities, please visit their website: