4th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Food Insecurity in a Globalized World: The Politics and Culture of Food Systems

March 10–12, 2016
Robert A. Jones ’59 House

To view abstracts of each talk and biographies of the presenters, please click on the presenter's name. To watch the recording for a session, please click on the session's title.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

4:30–6:15 p.m.
The Role of the State and International Institutions

Moderator: Nadia Horning, Political Science
Chair: Timothy Fraser ’16

  • GMO Trade Negotiations as Proxy for Cultural Differences
    Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • "Erst Kommt Das Fressen": Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty in Greece
    Harry Konstantinidis, Economics, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Scientification and Social Control: Radiation Contamination in Food and Farms in Japan
    Tomiko Yamaguchi, International Christian University, Japan

7:00–8:30 p.m.
Cultural Adaptation to Scarcity

Moderator: Mez Baker Medard, Environmental Studies
Chair: Anna Chamby ’16

  • The Politics of Adequacy: Food Provisioning, Entitlements, and Everyday Life in Post-Soviet Cuba
    Hanna GarthAnthropology, University of California, Irvine
  • No Roi (already full): Dealing with Food Insecurity in Contemporary Vietnamese Rituals
    Nir Avieli, Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Friday, March 11, 2016

12:30–2:00 p.m.
Socially Constructed Vulnerability and Food Insecurity

Moderator: Julia Berazneva, Economics
Chair: Emma Gee ’16

  • Hunger and Land in Neoliberal Nicaragua: The Collision of Past and Present
    Birgit Schmook, Senior Researcher, Department of Conservation and Biodiversity, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal, Mexico, with Lindsey Carte and Claudia Radel
  • The Causes and Consequences of Njaa (hunger) in the Household: Food Insecurity and Intimate Partner Violence within a Kenyan Informal Settlement
    Adam Gilbertson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Embodied Inequalities: Race, Class, and Food Access in Washington, DC
    Ashanté M. Reese, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Spelman College

2:30–3:45 p.m.
Migration and Changing Foodscapes

Moderator: Joseph Holler, Geography
Chair: Zane Anthony ’16.5

  • Seeds Sent from Home: Migrant farm worker gardens and food security in Vermont
    Jessie Mazar, University of Vermont, with Teresa Mares
  • Insecure Urban Foodscapes
    Colleen Hammelman, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University

4:15–5:30 p.m.
War and Memory of Hunger

Moderator: Sandra Carletti, Italian
Chair: Lee Schlenker ’16

  • "Groveling for Lentils": Hunger and Memory in Occupied France
    Paula Schwartz, French, Middlebury College
  • Bitter Greens and Sweet Potatoes: Food as Embodied Memory in Rural China 
    Ellen Oxfeld, Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College

Saturday, March 12, 2016

9:00–10:15 a.m.
Agroecology Access to Land and Seeds

Moderator: William Amidon, Geology
Chair: Aoife Duna ’16.5

  • The Maya Land Rights Struggle: A Framework for Operationalizing "Foodways with Identity"
    Mark Chatarpal, Anthropology Department and Food Studies Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Food Security, Agro-biodiversity, and the State: The Struggle to Defend Native Corn Systems in Southern Mexico 
    Laurel Bellante, Geography and Development, University of Arizona
  • Subsistence Under the Canopy: Agroecology’s Contributions to Food and Nutrition Security amongst Coffee Communities of Mesoamerica
    Margarita Fernandez, Vermont Caribbean Institute and University of Vermont

10:30–12:00 p.m.
The Politics of Food Security

Moderator: Diego Thompson Bello, Sociology/Anthropology
Chair: Joshua Berlowitz ’16

  • What's on Your Plate? Is Global Diet Change the Key to Food and Climate Justice?
    David Cleveland, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Governance and Power in Food (in)Security
    Molly Anderson, Food Studies, Middlebury College

12:30–2:00 p.m.
Summary

Student Summarizers: Francesca Conde ’17 and Angelica Segura ’16