January 31 2018: Future of Food Global Dialogues: Gastón Gordillo

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.

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The UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series is jointly convened by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farmthe Liu Institute for Global IssuesUBC Reads Sustainability, an initiative of UBC Sustainability, and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.

Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT) from flickr/ Creative Commons