P033
Moving on: food futures and reimagining uncertainty [Anthropology of Food]

Convenors:
Petra Matijevic (UCL)
Camelia Dewan
Mukta Das (SOAS University of London)
Katharina Graf (SOAS, University of London)
Discussant:
Nefissa Naguib (University of Oslo)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
SO-D299
Start time:
14 August, 2018 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel addresses how food 'moves on' across time and space, borders and bodies. From everyday practices to overarching value systems, we consider foodways as human contemplations of the future: as sources of uncertainty, as cushions against it and as speculations in search of opportunities.

Long abstract:

The movement of human bodies through space is enmeshed in worries and anticipations, plans and policies, and visions of a better life. This panel addresses the imaginaries of 'moving forward' by considering food as standing at the forefront of human contemplations of the future. Uncertainties of nourishment in the immediate and far futures animate anticipatory behaviour and range from coping with urban poverty to tackling the future of agriculture in the Anthropocene. Through structuring everyday foodways or relying on overarching value systems like science and ritual, food is also enlisted to offset the uncertainties of life. Furthermore, reigning in food uncertainties can help turn disruptions into profit. Food is both the most basic source of human uncertainty and a basic way of mitigating it. By focusing on foodways in temporal mobilities, this panel hopes to 'move on' and make food and future an anthropological theme in its own right. We aim to showcase a variety of local and global ways in which futures are imagined and uncertainties reimagined through food. We invite papers that address staying, moving or settling of foods from field to table, fork and bodies. This includes the role of food in economic crises; food anxieties, food safety and (mis)trust; industrial food regimes in a changing climate and degraded environment, global food commodity chains as subject of financial speculation; value accumulation through food growing, ripening or ageing; food in the technologies of planning such as policy-making and agricultural development; alternative food movements; and aspirational dieting.