Food Politics: Land and Agriculture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Food Politics

Spring 2022

Taught By: Jiyoung Cho

Section: AX

CRN: 11150

Credits: 4

Our ideas about food take a lot for granted. Many of the environmental and human costs of contemporary industrial-scale food production and distribution are well known. But where did widespread ideas about how humans should feed themselves come from? What is natural about agriculture? What does it mean to have food sovereignty? This course critically examines widely shared understandings about food generation. As we interrogate and historicize relationships between those who work to grow or find food, consumers, and the state, we will hear from researchers and practitioners seeking alternatives to current systems. Rather than drawing boundaries around nation-states as mainland for foods, this course will focus on frictions of diverse forces that generate (im)mobility on global crossroads where foods, people, things, ideas, and life interact with each other. Class materials will draw from documentary films, exhibitions, and literature that engage with journeys of foods through lenses of political economy, political ecology, political geography, mobility studies, science and technology studies, colonialism and imperialism, as well as studies of race, gender, ethnicity, and indigeneity. Throughout the class, we will grapple with what benefits and inequalities have accompanied the development of routes for foods. Students will complete their own projects that explore the dynamics of social relations entangled in particular food(s) under the instructor's guidance and/or collaboration with classmates.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:43am 5/20/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 705

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022