Genes, Microbes, and Climate: Rethinking Indigenous Food Systems
|Date||Mon 13 Mar|
|Time||16:45 — 19:30|
|Location||Nobel Park, Jens Christian Schous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, room 515.|
Dear friends of AURA
Our next Slow Seminar has been prepared by our new postdoctoral researcher at AURA Alder Keleman Saxena.
It will take place March 13, from 16.45-19.30 at the Nobel Park, Jens Christian Schous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, room 515.
Title of the Seminar: Genes, Microbes, and Climate: Rethinking Indigenous Food Systems
The recent "boom" in research on indigenous and traditional foodways spans multiple disciplines, draws from a broad spread of geographic regions, and enrolls a wide variety of conceptual and epistemological approaches. This area of research claims renewed urgency in the context of key patterns of global change. For example, the "nutrition transition" resulting in a rise in prevalence of non-communicable diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, disproportionately affects ethnic minorities, and is frequently conceptualized as a consequence of the loss of "traditional" diets. Meanwhile, the agro-environmental impacts of climate change, coupled with accelerating rural-urban demographic transitions, pose novel threats to many of the agroecosystems that have historically stewarded and provisioned "traditional" foodstuffs. In the context of these rapid changes, the question of how best to establish dialogue among diverse communities of food systems research and practice deserves re-doubled attention.
This Slow Seminar will combine readings from the biological and health sciences with texts from human ecology, anthropology, and the popular press. Reading these texts against each other, the seminar discussion will be framed by the following questions:
For this seminar, we will read excerpts of two books:
Additionally, we will discuss the following articles (attached/linked):
Would you please write Alder if you plan on coming so we can order enough sandwiches and so that you may get copies of the chapters.
We hope to see you there for a very interesting seminar!
Alder Keleman S.
Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA)