Building a Radical Food Geography Praxis I

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Black Geographies Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 10
Organizers: Charles Levkoe, Kristin Reynolds, Colleen Hammelman
Chairs: Charles Levkoe


The multiple, interrelated crises of 2020 have laid bare the systemic injustices across food systems. Throughout the many facets of food systems, the precarity of human and non-human actors as well as the ways in which they are essential for planetary survival, have become ever more visible. Underlying all of these chronic, yet heightened injustices are racist, patriarchal and settler colonial structures endemic to capitalism, creating conditions that strip people and communities of their ability to build more equitable and sustainable food systems. Social movements fighting against systemic oppression and police brutality further demonstrate this through calling out the ways that food and systems of power intersect to make many Black, Indigenous and People of Color more vulnerable to health inequities and economic crises.

This session builds on a special issue on Radical Food Geography Praxis in Human Geography (Issue 13, Volume 3) as well as the workshop, Radical Food Geographies: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices,(re)Imagining Governance organized by members of the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty group and local, community-based organizations in conjunction with the 2019 American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Participants will share presentations that forefront diverse engagements with radical food geography praxis. We conceptualize radical food geography praxis sitting at intersections between food systems scholarship and radical geographies and making theoretical and action-oriented contributions to resisting oppressive food systems and building viable and equitable food futures. These approaches are grounded in a critical analysis of power, oppression, and capitalist exploitation across time and space. But they go beyond those theorizations to use such knowledge for creating change in food systems through scholarship, activism, or both. Importantly, such praxis is rooted in heterogeneous understandings of the systems of history, culture, philosophy, epistemology, and geography that impact how change is pursued and by whom.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Charles Levkoe*, Lakehead University, Kristen Lowitt*, Queen's University, Advancing praxis in radical food geographies: Insights from an Indigenous-settler food sovereignty research project 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Bryan Dale*, University of Toronto, Capitalism, Racism, Colonialism… and Agriculture: Farmers’ Role in Radical Food System Praxis 15 8:15 AM
Presenter David Szanto*, University of Ottawa, Recombinant Gastronomy in Timor-Leste: Building Food Futures through Responsive Methods 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Monika Krzywania*, University of Northern British Columbia, Sarah De Leeuw*, University of Northern British Columbia, Framing Food Fights: Considerations for enacting solidarity with Indigenous food sovereignty movements using an Environmental Justice lens 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Rosie Kerr*, Queen's University, The power of language: remaking power relations through encouraging women to use their Indigenous languages in Campesino-a-Campesino learning networks 15 9:00 AM

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