Cultural Politics of Seeds

The symposium is part of the multi-year “Life (Un)Ltd” research project, which is addressing the question of what impact recent developments in the biosciences and biotechnology have had on feminist studies. In this year, the group is exploring the rich connections between food, ecology, propagation, and metabolism.

Friday, May 17, 2013
8:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Charles E. Young Reference Library, Presentation Room

The "Cultural Politics of Seeds" symposium will look at how gender, ethnicity, and race shaped contemporary cultural and political movements related to seeds. How has global climate in relation to economic and cultural crises affected food systems and place-based heirloom seeds? What sociological, ethnographic, and humanistic methodological tools have we integrated into the study of food culture and food politics and to what ends? To what extent has research by corporations and engineers redefined the ecology of seeds and how have political and artistic forms of resistance intervened?

Allison Carruth, English, UCLA; David Cleveland, Environmental Studies and Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara; Anne-Lise François, English and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley; Akhil Gupta, Anthropology, UCLA; Stephen Jones, Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University; Lindsay Naylor, Geography, University of Oregon; Daniela Soleri, Geography, UC Santa Barbara; Mr. Tezozomoc, South Central Farm; Rebecca Tsosie, Regents' Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; and Lucilia Martinez, Oaxaca maize farmer


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COSPONSORS: University of California Humanities Research Initiative, Institute for Society and Genetics, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Institute of American Cultures, Department of English, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, School of Law, Chicano Studies Research Center, and Charles E. Young Reference Library

Visit the UCLA Center for the Study of Women website for full event details.

Tentative Schedule

8 to 9 am   Continental breakfast

9:00 to 9:15 am  Welcome/Opening remarks: Allison Carruth

9:30 to 11 am   Session One: Akhil Gupta, Elaine Gan, and Rebecca Tsosie; Discussant/Chair: Jessica Alfaro, ISG, UCLA

11:15 am to 12:45 pm  Session Two:  David Cleveland, Daniela Soleri, Lucilia Martinez, and Allison Carruth; Chair: David King, LA Seed Library

12:45 to 1:45 pm Lunch Break

2:00 to 3:30 pm  Session Three: Tezozomoc, Lindsay Naylor, and  Anne-Lise François; Chair: Anne McKnight, Asian Studies, UCLA

3:45 to 4:45 pm Keynote: Stephen Jones

4:45 to 5:00 pm Closing remarks

5:00 to 6:30 pm  Reception (Rolfe Courtyard)