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Thursday 11 July 2019

Please join us for an evening of discussion on food, agriculture, dispossession and sovereignty, and the challenges contemporary food sovereignty movements face in untangling from colonial logics.

We will be joined by Dr Christopher Mayes – author of the recently published book: Unsettling Food Politics, Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia (Rowman and Littlefield). A little about the book: Unsettling Food Politics provides an unsettling reminder that Australian agriculture and food systems are part of the on-going systems of colonialism and historic injustices that bare down on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

While the book focuses on Australia, it renders bare the ways in which global contemporary agricultural practices reflect racism and dispossession of Indigenous peoples.

Through his work, Chris raises profound ethical questions about food, and politics, and for food sovereignty movements. How, Chris asks, can we move towards just food systems, when they are founded – and have indeed flourished – on the back of Indigenous subjugation. We hope to be joined by a local Indigenous food advocate (tbc), and the evening will include space to share stories about the challenges of building Indigenous food sovereignty in Brisbane.

About the author

Dr Christopher Mayes is a Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with disciplinary backgrounds in sociology and philosophy.

His research interests include food ethics, the history of bioethics in Australia, and social and political theory.

Supported by the UQ Human Rights Consortium and the Food Connect Foundation.

Light refreshments served from 6.00 pm, talk starts at 6.30 pm.

For more information please contact Kristen Lyons.

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