‘Digital Food Activism’ – Workshop Announcement

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.


‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy’ — Workshop Announcement

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, the Oxford Food Governance Group will convene an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy‘.

The workshop presentations will examine the case studies that comprise our current project, with particular emphasis on the advocacy practices that characterize each of the ICT platforms we study, and the policy implications they may hold. Highlighting emerging modes of consumer mobilization and action, the workshop will foster discussion on the project’s potential impact.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 1:30-5:30pm.

Registration is essential; please RSVP by 4 June at: http://goo.gl/forms/J7TISWHHDA. You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 5 June.

Workshop: Food Systems Advocacy

Workshop Announcement:

On Thursday, 22 May 2014, the Oxford Food Governance Group will be convening an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy‘. The workshop will focus on working papers, developed as part of our ongoing research project on consumer engagements with food governance.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 2-6pm.

Registration is essential and places are limited; please RSVP by 9 May at: http://tinyurl.com/foodsystemsadvocacy. You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 10 May.

Towards Food System Transparency – Workshop Slides Now Online

On 16 May 2013, the Oxford Food Governance Group, in association with the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, convened an interdisciplinary workshop that examined emerging efforts to enhance food system transparency in the EU. The workshop, which took place at St Cross College, Oxford, brought together scholars, advocates, and policy-makers.

Slides and papers for most of the day’s presentations are now available online: http://www.oxfordobesity.org/transparency.htm