Griffith Institute for Educational Research


Following fish: Economies of attachment

Over the last several years, Prof Elspeth Probyn, Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, has been working to bring together her previous research in feminist cultural studies – with a particular focus on subjectivities, practices and the materiality of culture – to bear on questions of food. What she calls alimentary cultural studies of necessity, studies the whole gamut of factors and feelings associated with the production and consumption of food. It must consider the places where food is produced, where it is eaten, and how natural entities are transformed into commodities within a context of globalisation and local communities. In addition, questions of uneven distribution and inequalities are never far from the surface. As a project it roams widely over different disciplines and areas of study: to name a few, she takes from rural sociology, history, social anthropology, human and non-human geography – or what is called more-than-human geography, ethology (or the study of animal behaviour), economics, and community development.

In this lecture Elspeth will try to flesh out these concerns through a grounded consideration of fish-human connections. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted with oyster farmers and tuna fishers, she hopes to engage discussion on the vital questions of what we eat in ways that may advance food politics beyond its sometimes narrow and even moralistic framing. 


When:       Friday 19 October, 2012

Time:         4.00pm – 5.30pm

Where:       QCA Lecture Theatre & Gallery S05, Room 2.04, South Bank

RSVP: (refreshments provided)

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