Bagels and bytes 1: Geographies of food in our precarious present

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Washington 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Benjamin Schrager, Christine Barnes
Chairs: Christine Barnes

Call for Submissions

The uproar over Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order in September 2018 reminds us of the contentious and politicized nature of eating, where ideas of food are increasingly mediated by digital and fragmented representations. This CFP delves into uneasiness over food in our precarious present. Bagels evoke clashes over culture, cuisine and place. Bagels are also symbolic of how we can never tell the whole story of food: something is always missing. We can only ‘follow the thing’ so far and in so many directions. As geographers, we face a unique challenge to choose the most interesting aspects of a commodity, to delve into the most significant aspects of everyday practice. What stories about food do we need to tell to understand our precarious present? And how should we promote more just relations through food?

Bytes cuts two ways. First, digital platforms are transforming food business and experiences. Instagram, Yelp, and Bite Squad are all digital platforms that shape food perceptions, performativity, and practices. Digital foodscapes raise important ontological questions about how we know and understand contemporary food culture and food politics. How, for example, does food change as it moves between online and offline? How are our relationships with food, and what we can do with food, altered by digitized food culture?

Bytes also references how technoscientific innovations continue to deepen scientific understandings of agriculture, food, and health. Researchers aspire to unravel the secrets hidden within seeds, nutrition, bacteria, immunity, and disease. Technology allows new food products such as cultured meats to be developed and brought to market, existing foods to be repurposed, and commodity chains made traceable through Blockchain. What are the impacts of this knowledge? And how is technology altering what and how we eat?


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Paper session(s) with 5 presenters or 4 presenters and a discussant.

The uproar over Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order in September 2018 reminds us of the contentious and politicized nature of eating, where ideas of food are increasingly mediated by digital and fragmented representations. This CFP delves into uneasiness over food in our precarious present. Bagels evoke clashes over culture, cuisine and place. Bagels are also symbolic of how we can never tell the whole story of food: something is always missing. We can only ‘follow the thing’ so far and in so many directions. As geographers, we face a unique challenge to choose the most interesting aspects of a commodity, to delve into the most significant aspects of everyday practice. What stories about food do we need to tell to understand our precarious present? And how should we promote more just relations through food?

Bytes cuts two ways. First, digital platforms are transforming food business and experiences. Instagram, Yelp, and Bite Squad are all digital platforms that shape food perceptions, performativity, and practices. Digital foodscapes raise important ontological questions about how we know and understand contemporary food culture and food politics. How, for example, does food change as it moves between online and offline? How are our relationships with food, and what we can do with food, altered by digitized food culture?

Bytes also references how technoscientific innovations continue to deepen scientific understandings of agriculture, food, and health. Researchers aspire to unravel the secrets hidden within seeds, nutrition, bacteria, immunity, and disease. Technology allows new food products such as cultured meats to be developed and brought to market, existing foods to be repurposed, and commodity chains made traceable through Blockchain. What are the impacts of this knowledge? And how is technology altering what and how we eat?


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Lucy Jackman*, , The Taste of Austerity: Food Aid in East Bristol 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Lauren J Blake*, Royal Veterinary College / Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) / Sheffield University , The relationship between food, politics and identity among food activists 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Blaire O'Neal*, San Diego State University, Nature, technology, and the search for food justice: the political economies and ecologies of contemporary urban agriculture 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Benjamin Schrager*, University of Hawaii at Manoa, On eating raw chicken: Competing ontologies of risky gastronomy 20 4:05 PM
Presenter Jean Lavigne*, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, The Foie Gras Controversy: An Inside Look at Artisan Production in Rural France 20 4:25 PM

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