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Cultural Politics of Seeds
On May 17, 2013, CSW will host “Cultural Politics of Seeds,” a symposium organized by Allison Carruth, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA. The symposium is part of the multi-year “Life (Un)Ltd” research project, which is addressing the question of what impact recent developments in the biosciences and biotechnology have had on feminist studies. In this year, the group is exploring the rich connections between food, ecology, propagation, and metabolism.
The "Cultural Politics of Seeds" symposium will look at how gender, ethnicity, and race shaped contemporary cultural and political movements related to seeds. How has global climate in relation to economic and cultural crises affected food systems and place-based heirloom seeds? What sociological, ethnographic, and humanistic methodological tools have we integrated into the study of food culture and food politics and to what ends? To what extent has research by corporations and engineers redefined the ecology of seeds and how have political and artistic forms of resistance intervened?
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
DATE: May 17
TIME: 8:30 to 6 pm
PLACE: Charles E. Young Reference Library, Presentation Room
COSPONSORS: University of California Humanities Research Initiative, Institute for Society and Genetics, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Institute of American Cultures, Department of English, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, School of Law, Chicano Studies Research Center, and Charles E. Young Research Library