In the last years the studying of food practices, from production to consumption, has gained increasing interest. A body of sociological/anthropological works is developed which scrutinizes the social act of eating and its symbolic meaning, others address the consequences of a globalized neoliberal food system. The seminar is focusing on a gender analysis of food practices, as this allows to understand women’s struggles but also their resistance and important knowledge in food production and consumption.
The course is designed to a) provide a general understanding how food practices are embedded in the simultaneous local-global relations as well as social and environmental contexts, b) discuss concepts of food security/sovereignty and alternative food movements from a gender perspective and c) explore the relationship between everyday practices of food and gendered care work.
The seminar should be attended accompanied by the course “Gender and Environment: Ecofeminism and Sustainable Development” (Thursday, 14-16, Prof. Dr. phil. Christine Bauhardt).