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Dr Georgina Drew

For the Food Values Research Group’s June seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Georgina Drew.

“In the Land of Milk and Yogurt, We Don’t Want Coca-Cola”: Gandhi-Inspired Moral Ecologies of Rural Development in India

Dr Georgina Drew, Anthropology and Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide

The Coca-Cola insignia is omnipresent in contemporary India but so, too, are discourses critiquing the multinational company’s land and water use practices. This talk highlights the knowledge production and cognitive practices of rural Indians who successfully opposed a Coca-Cola bottling plant near agricultural lands during a decadal fight. Their claim that “In a land of milk and yogurt we don’t want Coca Cola” offers a condemnation to the land contamination and water theft that the company has allegedly caused while leading to an erosion of village products derived from milk and fruit. Of conceptual concern are the movement’s efforts to use Gandhian-inspired repertoires of resistance that frame rural water rights within a moral economy of rural development. The evidence offered to support this assertion includes the strategic use of semiotics and the careful deployment of discourses—such as slogans and protest songs—that produce knowledge about villagers’ rights to rural subsistence and survival.

 

Dr Georgina Drew is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her work explores the cultural and religious politics of resource management, and the challenges of inclusive and culturally sensitive resource use She is the author of the book River Dialogues: Hindu Faith and the Political Ecology of Dams on the Sacred Ganga (University of Arizona Press, 2017).

When: Wednesday 6th of June, 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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KerryWilkinson

For the Food Values Research Group’s May seminar, we are pleased to welcome Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson.

Throw another cricket on the barbie? Australian consumers’ awareness and acceptance of insects as food

Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide

Insects have long been consumed as part of the diets of many Asian, African and South American cultures. In Australia, the Indigenous ‘bush tucker’ diet comprising witchetty grubs, honey ants and Bogong moths is quite well known, but consumption of insects by Australians tends to occur only as a novelty. Despite international agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations advocating the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of entomophagy, attitudinal barriers persist in Western societies, which presents a challenge to producers attempting to promote consumption of insects. This seminar will present results from a study investigating Australian consumers’ awareness and acceptance of insects as food. The sensory appeal of different insects (e.g. crickets, mealworms, ants and cockroaches), and products containing insect-based ingredients will be discussed, together with factors that were found to influence our willingness to try eating insects. And yes, we’ll provide snacks!

Kerry is an Associate Professor of Oenology at The University of Adelaide. Her primary research interests concern the flavour chemistry of grapes and wine, for example: the impact of bushfire smoke on grapes and wine; the improved utility of oak wood for wine maturation; and the influence of production method on the composition and sensory profiles of sparkling wine. Other areas of interest include the chemical and sensory analysis of foods and beverages, and their appeal to consumers.

When: Wednesday 2nd of May, 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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Dr Michelle Phillipov

For the Food Values Research Group’s April seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Michelle Phillipov.

A ‘Labour of Love': The politics and pleasures of niche food production

Dr Michelle Phillipov, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide

Popular food media encourages us to “connect” with the sources—and producers—of our food in order to resist the alienation and unsustainability of conventional, industrial food systems. This is giving niche producers an expanded customer base for ‘ethical’ and artisan products. However, these media portrayals of small-scale farming may conceal more than they reveal about the realities of contemporary food production. Using a cookbook by Australian chef Kylie Kwong as a case study, this paper explores how niche production is often portrayed in the media as a ‘labour of love’ done for pleasure, rather than as ‘work’. This has significant implications for how we understand and value production practices, as such portrayals can weaken consumers’ knowledge of food systems, inadvertently amplifying the distance between producers and consumers. The implications of this for the media and communications strategies of small producers need to be more carefully considered.

 

Michelle Phillipov is a lecturer in the Department of Media at the University of Adelaide. Her work explores media’s role in shaping contemporary food politics. She is the author or editor of four books: Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream (with Katherine Kirkwood, forthcoming on Routledge); Media and Food Industries: The New Politics of Food (Palgrave, 2017); Fats: A Global History (Reaktion, 2016); and Death Metal and Music Criticism: Analysis at the Limits (Lexington, 2012).

When: Tuesday 10th of 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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For the Food Values Research Group’s second seminar of 2018, we are pleased to welcome our own Emily Buddle! Australian Meat Consumers’ Understandings of Farm Animal Welfare Ms Emily Buddle, PhD Candidate, Food Values Research Group, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide In developed Western societies, raising animals for meat has come under significant public scrutiny in […]

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The Food Values Research Group is excited to host UK authors and cheese scholars Bronwen and Francis Percival for a special seminar on Monday, 19 March 2018. All welcome! Reinventing the Wheel: Starter Cultures and the Making of Modern Cheese Bronwen Percival, Cheese Buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy, London, and Francis Percival, writer for The World of Fine […]

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For the Food Values Research Group’s first seminar of 2018, we present a joint talk featuring the work of two advanced postgraduate students in Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia. Vegan Food and Eating Vegan in Adelaide Ms Julie Cartlidge and Ms Ellen Scott, PhD Candidates, School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia […]

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The Food Values Research Group are currently seeking participants in a new project which aims to understand why people keep chickens, and document related attitudes to, and associated values with having chickens as part of their lives in urban and peri-urban home settings. The welfare of chickens in commercial egg and meat production has been an increasing concern […]

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In the latest episode of ABC Radio National program “Science Friction”, Dr Heather Bray weighs in on the topic of gene editing using new CRISPR-CAS9 technology for livestock animal welfare. The episode “Making animals happier? Gene editing in the farm yard”, looks at the history of genetic modification and gene editing science and technology, and asks […]

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For our final seminar of 2017, the Food Values Research Group is pleased to present: Understanding the role of self-deception enhancement bias in South Australian consumers’ stated purchase of organic foods Associate Professor Sarah Wheeler, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide Consumers around the world are increasingly worried about food safety and quality, […]

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For our November seminar, the Food Values Research Group is pleased to present: A Comparative Case Study of Ecovillages from the Permaculture Perspective Dr Jungho Suh, Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population, University of Adelaide Permaculture takes a systems approach to sustainable human settlements above and beyond organic food production. Likewise, the ecovillage movement places […]

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