Critical Food Studies (CFS) Seminar 1: Hunger and University Students in South Africa
18 March 2020


UWC: Dean’s Boardroom (Old Arts Faculty Building)
UP: Dean’s Boardroom on level 7, room 7-14 Hatfield, University of Pretoria (TBC)
UKZN: Centre for Visual Methodology for Social Change Edgewood Campus, (TBC)

The first Critical Food Studies Programme seminar for the year 2020, involves an intra-institutional panel of speakers addressing what has become a very prominent topic in transdisciplinary food studies:“Hunger and University Students”

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Marc Wegeref (UP)
  • Prof. Desiree Lewis (UWC)
  • TBC Speaker from Dullah Omar Centre (UWC)
  • Ms. Limpho Makapela (Gender Equity Unit, UWC)

Universities, both in South Africa and globally, are focusing increasingly on teaching and research around food. Many also now drive interventions into food access for their primary constituency: students. Speakers reflect on how this phenomenon can be critically dealt with by considering:

  • The range, scope and key arguments of a growing body of research on hunger at South African universities
  • Progressive students’ knowledge and demands vis-à-vis food security discourses
  • The role of the Big Food industry, such as Tiger Brands, as donors of food to university students University feeding programmes such as food pantries
  • How neoliberal postcolonial universities are tasked with solving social problems meant to be those of the state

RSVP by 15 March to:

UWC: Dr. Lynn Mafofo@
UP: Dr. Heather Thuynsma @
UKZN: Dr. Sheetal Bhoola@ by the Mellon Foundation

Download and share the pdf invite: CFS Seminar 1 Invitation 18 March 2020

(Featured image credit: Wits Food Sovereignty Centre: )