You are invited to the UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series: a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across UBC and North America to engage audiences with the Global Food System.
Dr. Gastón Gordillo, UBC Anthropology
“The Imperial Metropolis: the Infrastructure of the Soy Supply Chain in South America”
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Liu Multipurpose Room, UBC Vancouver Campus
In his current ethnographic research, Dr. Gordillo is analyzing the social and spatial impact that agribusiness is having on the western edge of the Gran Chaco in northern Argentina. In particular, he is focusing on the political responses by local people affected by the land grabs, evictions, and deforestation triggered by the global demand for soybeans. He is examining these disruptions and conflicts as the result of the subsumption of rural areas to the planetary Metropolis, which he conceives of as the material infrastructure and high-speed currents of goods and energy that make up globalization.
Research interests: terrain and the materiality of space; violence; affect; ruins and ruination; critical theory and continental philosophy; protests and insurrections; the “soy boom” and resistance to agribusiness in South America; Argentina; the Gran Chaco.
Find Dr. Gordillo’s full bio here.
The Future of Food Global Dialogue Series talks are free, with no RSVP required.
Upcoming Future of Food Dialogues:
- Dr. Annette Desmarais, “The Emancipatory Politics of Food Sovereignty,” Wed. March 7, 12:30 p.m., Liu Multipurpose Room
- Dr. Michael Winter, “Sustainable Intensification in Policy and Practice: The UK Story,” Wed. March 28, 12:30 p.m., Liu Multipurpose Room
The UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series is jointly convened by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC Reads Sustainability, an initiative of UBC Sustainability, and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.
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