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Due to attendee concerns and uncertainty about COVID-19, the FVRG seminars for March and April regretfully will not be going ahead. We will keep you updated about future events as the situation develops.

Take care of yourselves and one another, and we will see you back again at future seminars.

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**Please see updates posts: Due to concerns around COVID-19 this seminar has regrettably been cancelled**

For the Food Values Research Group’s March 2020 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Professor Lia Bryant:

Male Farmer Distress and Suicides: The subject enmeshed in political and moral economies, ordinary ethics and more-than-human encounters

Professor Lia Bryant, University of South Australia

Male farmer suicide is an ongoing concern in several countries including for example, Australia, the USA, Brazil, the UK, India and France. In Australia, the dominant discursive framework shaping male farmer suicide has been one of ‘drought stress’ constituted through a positivist empiricism and ‘psy’ discourses of mental health. The contours of this dominant framework have operated to limit other renderings of suicide. Using empirical data from Australia I present farmer distress as a multifaceted problem occurring in relation to intersections between male subjectivities, political and moral economies/communities and more-than-human relations.

I argue that political and moral economies operate to enact policies that individualise distress and actuarial risk in farming and also create ethical breaches within social and economic relations between farmers, corporations and the State. Alongside the workings of political and moral economies, community discourses of moral worth circulate through everyday social interaction and comprise an ‘ordinary ethics’ in rural communities shaping the contours of belonging. Further, farmers are deeply enmeshed within land/waterscapes and relations with animals and are impacted by destroyed or injured land/waterscapes and animals. These intersecting global and local political, economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions are corporeally experienced and felt as distress and suggest how suicide may emerge as a possibility for men in farming.

WHEN: Wednesday 18th March, 12-1pm

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

Dr Lia Bryant is a Professor of Sociology and Social Work at the University of South Australia. She has published widely on topics including gender, sexuality, embodiment, work, and rurality, with a keen interest in qualitative methodologies. She has authored and edited several books, including “Social work in a glocalised world” (2017) with Mona Livolts, “Water and rural communities: local politics, meaning and place” (2016) with Jodie George, “Critical and creative research methodologies in social work” (2015), and “Sexuality, rurality, and geography” (2013) with Andrew Gorman-Murray and Barbara Pini. She has also published in a wide range of journals and has several ongoing research projects across diverse research areas. 

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For the Food Values Research Group’s February 2020 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Paola Tine:

Food as Gift and Food as Weapon: Kinship and Food Exchange among the Newars of Bhaktapur

Paola Tine, Social Anthropology and Development Studies, The University of Adelaide

Food practices occupy a distinctive place in the Newari culture of Nepal in determining social relationships, family relations, status and differentiation between individuals and groups. Here food is often a means of expressing love, but also the terrain on which conflict can occur. Following a 15-months fieldwork research in the Newari city of Bhaktapur (Nepal, 2018-2019), this presentation will discuss situations in which food becomes a crucial element in the negotiations of social interactions within Newari families, seen here as the nuclei where kinship networking is forged, and new concepts of love and friendship are emerging.

WHEN: Monday 24th February, 12-1pm

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

Paola Tine is an anthropologist with expertise in visual research methods, social change and food practices. After her studies in the Arts & Humanities (2013, BA Human Sciences with a major in Cultural Anthropology, University of Siena), she specialised in Visual Anthropology (2015, MA University of Siena) and in Documentary ethnographic video-making (2017, ETNOfilm, Padova).

She has conducted intensive fieldwork in South Australia and Nepal, where she used traditional qualitative research methods and experimental visual methodologies. In 2018, she received the ‘Jon Prosser Award for Outstanding Work by Beginning Scholars in Visual Methodologies’ by the International Visual Sociology Association. Her recent work includes a fieldwork among the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese community of Adelaide in collaboration with Professor John Gray.

Since 2017, she has been a member of the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide. Under the supervision of Professor John Gray (The University of Adelaide), Professor Rachel Ankeny (The University of Adelaide) and the internationally recognised painter Gregory Donovan (The University of South Australia), she is currently researching social change in modern Nepal, with a focus on the topic of food practices, family dynamics and healthy eating. The methodological challenge of this study is to show some of the insights of sociological research through visual representation.

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Bible with bread and water

To kick off the year for the Food Values Research Group seminar series in 2020, we are pleased to welcome Dr Lesa Scholl: Healthy in Body and Soul: Nineteenth-Century Medicine and Theology Dr Lesa Scholl This paper will engage with the writings of key medical and theological figures of nineteenth-century Britain to examine the ways […]

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Thank you to everybody who came along to our final event of the year, where Nikki Dumbrell, from the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide, gave us a wonderful introduction to her research looking at the social licence concept through an economic lens. 2019 has been a great year for the […]

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Fishing boat at sunset

For the Food Values Research Group’s final seminar of 2019, we are pleased to welcome Nikki Dumbrell: Looking at the social licence concept through an economic lens Nikki Dumbrell, Centre for Global Food and Resources, The University of Adelaide The term ‘social licence to operate’, introduced in natural resource dependent industries, such as mining, in the […]

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The Food Values Research Group has been busy the last few months! There is no seminar next month for November, but we will be back in December with a presentation from Nikki Dumbrell from the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. A continuously updated list of upcoming seminars can be found here – […]

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For the Food Values Research Group’s October 2019 seminar we are pleased to welcome Dr Graham Ellender: Flavour in Life Dr Graham Ellender, Dentistry, University of Adelaide Flavour is often taken for granted, yet its import is seriously underrated and poorly understood both by laity and professionals. In reality, it is a neural percept comprising […]

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various alcohol bottles against wooden backdrop

For the Food Values Research Group’s September 2019 seminar, jointly with the Department of History Seminar Series, we are pleased to welcome Dr Julie McIntyre: Beer, wine, cider, spirits and tradition versus modernity: Towards a cultural history of global alcohol production since the 1950s Dr Julie McIntyre, Department of History, University of Newcastle Cultural histories […]

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Range of foods from flexitarian diet

For the Food Values Research Group’s August 2019 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Lenka Malek How flexible are flexitarians? Consumer segmentation based on meat consumption frequency and willingness to make further changes to protein consumption De Lenka Malek, Centre for Global Food and Resources, The University of Adelaide Flexitarians are a growing and largely […]

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