Food Sovereignty as a New Issue for Feminism

The Case of the World March of Women
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
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Brown bag seminar, with Dominique Masson, professor at the institute of feminist and gender studies and the department of sociology and anthropology, and Anabel Paulos, postdoctoral research fellow. 

Beyond its call for the recognition of the right of peoples to define their systems of food production, distribution and consumption, food sovereignty should be conceptualized as a multidimensional political project, whose substance varies according to the specificities of the social actors involved. At 2006 international meeting in Lima, the World March of Women (WMW) has added food sovereignty to its international agenda. On the one hand, our presentation aims at capturing the diversity of issues ways that are currently being re-signified as part of feminist struggles for food sovereignty by activists and organizations affiliated with the March in a number of national contexts. On the other hand, we also aim at identifying the political dynamics and uneven geographies of place and scale that underlie the appropriation and deployment of the project of food sovereignty among the National Coordinating Bodies (NCBs) of the March, and their member groups (role of the composition and structure of the March, alliances, discursive resources). Finally, we are also interested in how food sovereignty is emerging, in the academic literature as well as in the discourses and practices of the March, as a new issue for women and for feminism. 

Bilingual presentation followed by a discussion. Space is limited, first come, first served!