Capital and Alternative Economies Related to Food

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Paulina M. Gonzales (UC San Diego) Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan (UC San Diego) Leslie Quintanilla (UC San DIego
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"Every postmodern group, looking for sustainable agriculture and enduring living, has to rediscover in their own cultures and pasts its own ideal of comida" (Esteva 12).

In 1994, Gustavo Esteva drew attention to the concept of "food in context", what he refers to as comida, to underscore the social ties that are created alongside and through food. While international agribusiness corporations consider and look at food as a form of capital, as a commodity to be exploited, bought and sold, food is historically a commons, central to alternative economies, and the creation of deep ties across communities and cultures. Although the time and context may vary, this panel seeks papers that can reflect upon the changing relationships between food and culture and their corresponding environmental, economic, political, and/or social implications. How are urban western communities responding to the commodification of food? And how is the so-called Global South responding to the new form of colonization and imperialism imposed by international agribusiness corporations? These are some of the possible questions we aim to investigate. The goal of this panel is to broaden our understanding of the multiple relations between capital, food, and cultures.

Possible Topics Include:
Politics of Enclosures
Aesthetic and Ideological Representations of Peasant Cultures
GMO foods and resistance movements
Genealogies of food and food cultures
Urban GardeningCreation of Communities