Food is not only an everyday necessity to feed our body, it is a socio-ecological practice of care and reciprocity. The seminar will explore the multiple facets of food from the agricultural production to the final consumption as a meal. It is focusing on analyzing food from a feminist political ecology perspective and thus introduces care as a central conceptual tool. In order to look at practices and politics of care through, for and with food empirical case studies from the Global North/South are being discussed, looking at, for example, community food initiatives or kitchen gardens as sites of care.
The course builds on the theoretical introduction given in the course “Feminist Political Ecology and Ecofeminism” taught by Christine Bauhardt.
Joyce-Ann Syhre & Meike Brückner (2018): ‘The garden has improved my life’: Agency and food sovereignty of women in urban agriculture in Nairobi. In: Christine Bauhardt & Wendy Harcourt: Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care: In Search of Economic Alternatives, Publisher: Routledge.
Ngcoya, Mvuselelo & Kumarakulasingam, Narendran (2016): The Lived Experience of Food Sovereignty: Gender, Indigenous Crops and Small-Scale Farming in Mtubatuba, South Africa. Journal of Agrarian Change, 1-17.