You are cordially invited to our second event for the Ecofeminism, Food and Social Justice series at City University London.
When: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 from 16:00 to 18:00
Where: City University London, Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB GB. Room C314 of the Tait Building.
Title: “Women’s Lib, Cooking and Capitalism”
This presentation will raise a number of questions regarding the complex relationship between feminist ideas and cooking under capitalism. Focusing on the British context, it will depart from the founding of Spare Rib in the early 1970s to trace how food companies – in a way – colluded with the early Women’s Liberation Movement to promote meals that did not need cooking, and then how this has gone out of control. The presentation will attempt to reconcile feminist beliefs about women not being dumped with doing all the cooking, and the very real need not to feed ourselves and others on processed meals. We now say ‘we have no time’, but how we spend our time is a choice, and we have chosen not to spend it cooking.
About the speaker: Rosie Boycott co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Rib, along with the publishing company Virago Press. She was the editor of men’s magazine Esquire, and the first woman editor of national broadsheet and national mass-market newspapers (Independent, Independent on Sunday,Daily Express). She is also an author, broadcaster, filmmaker, and Chair of London Food Board.
Prof. Jane Dixon
Title: “Implications of structure versus agency for addressing health and well-being in our ecologically constrained world: With a focus on prospects for gender equity”
The long-standing debate in public health and the wider society concerning the implications of structure and agency for health and well-being generally concludes that structure powerfully influences agency, and does so unequally, exacerbating social and health inequities. In this presentation, Prof Dixon will review this debate in the context of increasing environmental degradation and resource depletion. As the global population rises and environmental resources per person shrink, conflicts over the underlying factors contributing to human health and well-being may intensify. A likely result of nearing limits is a further constraint of agency, for both rich and poor, and greater social and health inequities, including gender inequities.
About the speaker: Associate Professor Jane Dixon is Senior Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. She will be in London as a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, based at the Centre for Food Policy. For 13 years, she has conducted research at the intersection of sociology and public health, with a focus on the cultural, social and health impacts of food system transformations. Prior to this research track she was national coordinator of the Health Inequalities Research Collaboration, helping to establish the International Society for Equity in Health. In recent applied research, she has been an advisor to the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office and is a Visiting Research Fellow with the International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University, Kuala Lumpur.
This event is free and open to all. Please book a place via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecofeminism-food-and-social-justice-seminar-2-registration-22042482659?aff=erelexpmlt