The food price crisis of 2007-2008 highlighted the fragility of food security and led to renewed calls to rethink agricultural policies and to transform the global agrifood system. Feminist scholars emphasize that food insecurity is not simply a result of food scarcity but rather a consequence of gender-blind and misdirected priorities set in agricultural development, economic restructuring and resource management. They criticize the market-oriented conception of food security in global food governance – that is the primary focus at the availability of and access to food.
The seminar aims at a) unpacking the deeper structural causes of hunger and malnutrition by analyzing the gendered power asymmetries that underlie global and local food systems and b) reflecting the transformative potential of the concept of food sovereignty from a gender perspective. Students will get acquainted with different theories and conceptualizations of gender and will learn how to employ gender as a structural category, a process category and/or an intersectional category for the analysis of global and local food systems.
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Sachs, Carolyn/Patel-Campillo, Anouk (2014): Feminist Food Justice: Crafting a New Vision. In: Feminist Studies 40(2), pp. 396-410