Food Justice Scholar-Activism/Activist Scholarship in Geography: A Participatory Discussion

Type: Panel
Theme: Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Governor's Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Kristin Reynolds, Colleen Hammelman
Chairs: Kristin Reynolds


Food justice scholarship and activism have evolved alongside each other, and at times have been intertwined. At times there are clear distinctions between ‘scholarly’ and ‘activist’ activities in food justice work. However, individuals, groups, and their actions often take on characteristics of both. Recognizing and building upon these dynamics is important in strengthening the effectiveness of food justice efforts. These topics are of direct and historical relevance to the field of geography, both theoretically and practically.

In this panel session, members of the Food Justice Scholar-Activism/Activist Scholarship (FJSAAS) community of practice, a working group of the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, will briefly present: the focus of the group; some of its recent initiatives; and how geography informs, and may be informed by, food justice scholar-activism and activist-scholarship. Connecting to this year’s conference theme "Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress," we will specifically discuss the importance of recognizing experience-based expertise in advancing collective knowledge and food system justice. The opening panel will be followed by a participatory activity. The session is open to all.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Kristin Reynolds 20
Discussant Daniel Block Chicago State University 20
Panelist Hank Herrera Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy 15
Panelist Colleen Hammelman University of North Carolina - Charlotte 15
Panelist Jeanne Firth London School of Economics 15
Panelist Jessica Gilbert SUNY - Buffalo 15

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