Wednesday, 25 November, 9:30am-4pm
Vernon Harcourt Room, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
Keynote speaker: Steve Woolgar (University of Oxford)
Invited speakers: Mariano Beguerisse Díaz (Imperial College, London), Melissa Caldwell (University of California, Santa Cruz), Ryan Foley (University of Oxford), Amy McLennan (University of Oxford), Eva Giraud (Keele University), Katharina Witterhold (University of Siegen), Michael Goodman (University of Reading)
New information and communication technologies (ICTs) increasingly enable social action and civic organisation, on both local and global scales. Within these fast-growing digital platforms for activism, food-related consumer action is gaining new contours and publics. In this workshop, we will examine and aim to define the emerging field of digital food activism, exploring how consumer-ICT interactions generate new knowledges and practices in relation to food. With invited talks by scholars studying food, new media and/or social activism, the workshop will critically analyse and assess how consumer activists, non-governmental organisations and social entrepreneurs use ICTs to facilitate new or alternative forms of engagement with food and how media, corporations, academia and government agencies respond to or mediate these engagements. The workshop will build on and extend the rich literature on food activism and critical food studies by asking what happens when food goes digital.
Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Please RSVP by 19 November at: http://goo.gl/forms/5m1Wdg6ub5. You will receive an email to confirm your place by 20 November. Please direct all enquiries to oxfordobesity [at] gmail.com.