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The futures of food

05 July 2017
12:30 - 14:00

This conversation opens up dialogue and debate about food sovereignty and land; agrarian politics and food struggles; political and philosophical interventions into how we think about food and the centrality of foodwork and eating to social identification. As leading scholars in these fields, Prof Ben Cousins, a  SARCHI chair, Ms Donna Andrews, a feminist intellectual activist, Dr Stephen Greenberg, a researcher on land and agrarian studies, and Mr Angelo Fick Reddy, a resident current affairs and political analyst at eNCA, will contribute to key debates by exploring their understanding of and responses to “the future/s of food”.

Date: 05 July 2017 | Time:  12h30 – 14h00 | Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town 

Prof Ben Cousins is a SARCHI chair at the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape. He is a leading scholar on land struggles and agrarian politics, with his work making important connections between land, livelihoods and labour;
Donna Andrews is a feminist intellectual activist with years of research experience in NGOs and women’s organisations such as the Rita Edwards Collective, Rural Women’s Assembly, Feminist Table and in academic institutions. Her doctoral research has focused on the political  and philosophical implications of food in the context of social subjects’ relations to nature.
Dr Stephen Greenberg has had many years of involvement in NGOs, with his research focusing on food, agriculture, land and agrarian studies.
Mr Angelo Fick, is a resident current affairs and news analyst with several years of academic teaching and research experience on the South African media, the politics of cooking and cuisine; and popular culture. 
Prof Desiree Lewis is Principal Researcher on the Food Politics and Cultures Project, and is concerned with critically interrogating knowledges about food and feminist perspectives on the relations between food, embodied subjectivities and social processes.
Prof John Stanfield has been a Distinguished Research Fellow at the HSRC in South Africa since his recruitment from Indiana University Bloomington. His many years of interdisciplinary scholarship on the sociology of knowledge have led to his current research focus on cross-national studies of rights and multicultural restorative justice.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town : HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban : 
The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail