Capital and Alternative Economies Related to Food [2nd Call]

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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.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
Politics of Enclosures
Aesthetic and Ideological Representations of Peasant Cultures
GMO foods and resistance movements
Genealogies of food and food cultures
Urban Gardening
Creation of Communities