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Anthropology Lecture Series: Educating for Food Sovereignty

The OSU School of Language, Culture and Society Anthropology Lecture Series presents "Educating for Food Sovereignty: Insights from Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement" with guest lecture David Meek from the University of Oregon. 

About the talk: Agrarian social movements are at a crossroads. Although these movements have made significant strides in advancing the concept of food sovereignty, the reality is that many of their members remain engaged in environmentally degrading forms of agriculture, and the lands they farm are increasingly unproductive. Whether movement farmers will be able to remain living on the land, and dedicated to alternative agricultural practices, is a pressing question. In this talk, Dr. David Meek will explore this question through a discussion of his recent book “The Political Ecology of Education: Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement and the Politics of Knowledge” (2020; West Virginia University Press, Radical Natures series). His presentation will examine the opportunities for and constraints on advancing food sovereignty in the “17 de Abril” settlement, a community born out of a massacre of landless Brazilian workers in 1996. Based on immersive fieldwork over the course of seven years, Meek’s ethnography makes the provocative argument that critical forms of food systems education are integral to agrarian social movementsí survival. While the need for critical approaches is especially immediate in Brazil’s Amazon, his presentation will speak to the burgeoning attention to food systems education at various educational levels worldwide, from primary to postgraduate programs. His talk will call on us to rethink the politics of the possible within these pedagogies.

Free and open to all. 

Friday, February 26 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Lecture or Presentation

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Academic, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Research


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College of Liberal Arts, School of Language, Culture, and Society
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Shaozheng Zhang

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