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WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
As a central element in its research and outreach activities, CGIRS sponsors, supports, and helps to organize a range of workshops and conferences, including those of other UCSC research centers and faculty working groups. Some of these meetings are associated with CGIRS projects, while other are address issues such as global food systems, genomes and justice, and innovation in Asia. CGIRS also sponsors and cosponsors talks by visiting speakers and research fellows. Please see below for a list of upcoming and past workshops.
Announcing Critical Nutrition Symposium
Advice about what to eat for health and well being is pervasive in the modern world, and such advice is delivered as if it were uncontroversial, universally applicable, welcome, and effective. When it appears not to work, rather than reflection on the scientific, cultural, and sociological underpinnings of the endeavor, the response has been for more informative food labels and more emphasis on food education. What's wrong or missing in conventional nutritional practice? What are its effects in terms of human health and social justice? What other approaches might work better? This symposium will bring together six leading scholars of nutrition, public health, and food science to discuss and debate the place of nutrition science in public health policies and cultural politics today. Representing such disciplines as geography, public health, sociology, and communication, invited guests include Charlotte Biltekoff (American Studies and Food Science, UC Davis), Jessica Hayes-Conroy (Women's Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Adele Hite (Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Aya H. Kimura (Women's Studies, University of Hawai'i-Manoa), Hannah Landecker (Sociology and Center for Society and Genetics, UCLA), and Jessica Mudry (Center for Engineering in Society, Concordia University). UCSC food scholars Julie Guthman, Melissa Caldwell, Nancy Chen, and Jake Metcalf will provide commentary. The format of the symposium is designed to open up and stimulate discussion and debate among all participants: presenters, discussants, and attendees.
This event is sponsored by the Multi-campus Research Program on Food and the Body and the "Knowing Food" Research Cluster of the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies. Additional support has been provided by the Community Studies Program, the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, the Science & Justice Research Center, the Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Sociology.
The event will be held March 8 from 9am-5:30pm in 261 Social Sciences I and is open to the public. Please RSVP to Lisa Nishioka (email@example.com) if you plan to attend.
For questions regarding the program contact Julie Guthman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9:15 Introductory Remarks, Purposes, Format
NSF WORKSHOP on "Multi-Scalar and Cross Disciplinary Approaches towards Equitable Water Governance"
The fundamental goal of this workshop is to examine and understand the dimensions of equity in regard to water use, access, and decision-making processes through the development of a multi-scalar and cross-disciplinary theoretical framework.
Professor Susanne Freidberg of Dartmouth College will be visiting the campus on February 19th to workshop a paper entitled "Footprint Technopolitics" which discusses her recent research on the metrics of Life Cycle Analysis. The workshop will take place from 12-1:30 at Social Sciences 1, room 261.
A graduate of the UC Berkeley Geography Department, Dr. Freidberg is one of the country's most eminent food scholars. She is the author of two widely acclaimed books, Fresh: A Perishable History (Harvard, 2009) and French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age (Oxford, 2004), along with many articles. She has received support for her research from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.
Please note that this is a workshop and not a talk. We will be circulating her paper in advance of the workshop and expect those attending to have read it and come prepared to discuss it. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Lisa Nishioka at email@example.com who will let you know how to access the paper.
This event will be sponsored by the "Knowing Food" research cluster of CGIRS. Light refreshments will be served.
"Rethinking Development in light of Climate Change"
"Bodies, Brokers, and Borders: Labor Market Intermediaries and Transnational Migration"
Temp agencies, bodyshops, shape-ups, headhunters. In today’s global economy, workers at all skill levels face more precarious, insecure and temporary jobs. Meanwhile, more people must push across international borders in search of decent work. • Both employers and workers increasingly turn to a rising player–labor brokers–to match jobs to workers, whether across town or across oceans. Do these labor market intermediaries, now fixtures in industries from construction to healthcare to IT, provide new paths to innovation and migrant mobility, or simply new frameworks for exploitation? • This conference brings together a wide range of scholars to explore just how transnational brokerage actually works, whether alternatives exist, and what the rise of brokering means for workers, industries and for the future of labor markets.
"Race and Food" (January 31 - February 2, 2008)
“The Global IT Industry: The Future of China and India” (May 30, 2003)
"Global Sourcing and Regions of Innovation" (April 30, 2004)
White Food: Race and the Politics of Purity (Oct. 17, 2005)
Globalization, State Capacity and Islamic Movements (Washington, DC, March 16-19. 2007)
Genomics & Justice: Promises, Perils, and Paradoxes (May 17-18, 2007)
The Petro-Politics of Energy Security: Alternative Development and Security Strategies for the Gulf of Guinea (Washington, DC, June 8-9, 2007)
Mapping Global Inequalities: Beyond Income Inequality (UCSC, Dec. 13-14, 2007)