Global wine

For the Food Values Research Group’s April 2019 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Chelsea Davis:

Cultivating Imperial Networks: British Colonial Wine Production at the Cape of Good Hope and South Australia, 1838-1910

Chelsea Davis, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

This presentation will focus on the British Empire’s colonial wine industries at the Cape of Good Hope and South Australia from 1838-1910. The wine industries in South Africa and Australia are today some of the most well-known and profitable in the world, yet their integration into the global market was a slow, stuttering process, one that started on British colonial foundations during the long 19th century. I seek to investigate how the wine industries in the British colonies at the Cape of Good Hope and South Australia needed to invest in global networks of knowledge, communication, trade, and transport in order to transform into successful global enterprises.

In a way, the history of Britain’s colonial wine industries is a microcosm of the story of globalization. The need for an export market and a creation of ‘taste’ for wine ultimately required making connections to the outside world. I intend to use this commodity history to argue that a colonial industry can only succeed when it becomes tied to global trade and invests in networks of knowledge. This comparative history will provide more than dollars and cents to understanding colonial wine; it will show how commodities have social lives of their own.

Chelsea DavisChelsea Davis is a History PhD Candidate at George Washington University in Washington D.C., USA. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English at the University of Delaware in 2014 and her Master of Arts in Global, Imperial, and Postcolonial History from Queen Mary University of London in 2015. Her dissertation studies the British Empire’s colonial wine industry in the colonies of South Australia and the Cape of Good Hope in the nineteenth century.

When: Monday 15th April, 12-1 PM

Where: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide (click here for campus map)

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reducetarian meal

Few divides seem as unbridgeable as that between vegans and meat-eaters. However, a recent movement known as the “reducetarian” diet aims to do precisely this. GoodFood’s Paula Goodyer recently spoke to Brian Kateman, who spearheads this movement, and Food Values Research Group’s Dr Heather Bray, on how we might begin to build bridges and reduce our meat intake for the sake of our health, the environment, and animal welfare.

Have a read of what they had to say, and try out a couple of recipes from Kateman’s new Reducetarian Cookbook, at the GoodFood blog.

“If we want to reach the goal of eating fewer animal foods for the sake of the planet, for animal welfare and our own health, we’ll get there faster if we work together – or at least not undermine one another.”

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Last year, members of the Food Values Research Group team published a wonderful article exploring the “Meat Paradox,” a term coined to describe the apparent disconnection between people not wanting animals to suffer, yet killing them for food. This paper explored how cognitive dissonance and inconsistencies are rationalised by meat consumers.

This research was featured in Episode 8 of VeganSci’s podcast: “Meat justification and cognitive dissonance, the psychology of cows, antidepressant soups and why people reject (‘kill’) their dogs”.

Have a listen here!


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Food Values Research Group graduate researcher Emily Buddle was invited to give a presentation at the Australian White Suffolk Conference in Robe, SA on 11th February 2019. Her presentation “Consumers, community and farm animal welfare” discussed many of her PhD results including how Australian meat consumers understand farm animal welfare and the role of farm […]

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For the Food Values Research Group’s first seminar of 2019, we are pleased to welcome Jocelyn Bosse: Appropriation and Reclamation of the Kakadu Plum Jocelyn Bosse, TH Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland The presentation on the access and benefit sharing regimes in Australia focuses on the Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana), a fruit with the highest […]

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“More and more, people are being encouraged to take part in ethical eating not only in their own homes but also when they eat out.  But what is ethical eating and how are more and more restaurants implementing this process. Professor Rachel Ankeny from the University of Adelaide joined Nick and Ian on Breakfast recently to discuss […]

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maca root and powder

Recent research by Adelaide food Values Research Group’s Dr Jessica Loyer and University of Edinbugh’s Dr Christine Knight looks at the role of “nutritional primitivism” in selling “superfoods” such as Andean maca. In their article, published in Food, Culture, and Society, they investigate roles of nutritional primitivism both as a marketing tool and as a popular social-environmental […]

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Paula Zito

For the Food Values Research Group’s October seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Paula Zito. Dr Paula Caroline Zito, Associate Teacher, Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide Regional branding of food products and food Geographical Indications This presentation analyses the current laws and regulations in Australia that regulate the usage of Australian regional names on […]

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Child eating chips watching television

For the Food Values Research Group’s October seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Lisa Smithers. Food Advertising to Children Dr Lisa Smithers, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide For many years it has been thought that the advertising of food influences what children eat. In 2012, we systematically reviewed the literature to estimate […]

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Heather and Emily

Over the last week, members of the Food Values Research Group (FVRG) have been presenting their research and participating in panel discussions at the 2018 4S Conference held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The theme for this year’s 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) conference was “TRANSnational Society and Technology Studies […]

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