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Gastronativism: The Politics of Food and Sustainability

October 12, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The table unites and divides: it connects those who get to sit around it and excludes those who have not been invited. In recent decades we have witnessed the rise of gastronativism, the ideological use of food to determine who belongs and who doesn’t in a community. Diverging approaches to sustainability in the food system are also leveraged for political goals. In connection with the specific form of globalization we have been experiencing since the 1980s, gastronativism also focuses on the impact of the environment on food and vice versa.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Tufts Romance Studies Department, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department, Anthropology Department, Center for the Humanities at Tufts, Political Science Department, the Diversity Funds, Department of Education Department, and the Tisch College for Civic Life. This lecture is also part of the Environmental Studies Program Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lecture Series.


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Fabio Parasecoli

Fabio Parasecoli is a Professor of Food Studies in the Nutrition and Food Studies Department at New York University. His research explores the cultural politics of food, particularly in media, design, and heritage. Recent books include Knowing Where It Comes From: Labeling Traditional Foods to Compete in a Global Market (2017), Food (2019), and Global Brooklyn: Designing Food Experiences in World Cities (2021, coedited with Mateusz Halawa) and Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics (2022).


October 12, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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