Towards decolonial transdisciplinary research: The humanities in food studies

21 November 2019, University of the Western Cape

This workshop brought together CFS students from the Universities of the Western Cape, Pretoria and kwaZulu Natal who had been sharing their work-in-progress over the course of 2019 via cyber-conferencing. It was the first opportunity to meet face to face and aimed at generating conversations, fostering transdisciplinarity, and encouraging relevant theorising and methodological work on food studies.

Programme and abstracts here

Critical Food Studies Indaba

18th November 2019, University of KwaZulu-Natal

View the program here: Indaba programme  

Critical Food Studies: transdisciplinary humanities approaches intra-institutional seminars 2019


Throughout 2019 CFS students from University of the Western Cape, University of Pretoria and kwaZulu Natal met through cyber-conferencing to share their thinking, research proposals and work-in-progress. 

Work in progress titles: Seminar VII   Seminar VI.   Seminar V.   Seminar IV     Seminar III

Kicking off our intra-institutional programme – “Critical Food Studies: Transdisciplinary Humanities Approaches”

14 February 2019

The Programme aims to drive a field of critical food studies straddling humanities disciplines both in South Africa and continentally. The focus includes postgraduate studies, academic and accessible online publications, performance and visual art productions as well as public engagement. Our inception workshop with colleagues and students at the Universities of Pretoria (UP), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) was held at UP’s Future Africa site, a new complex encouraging postgraduate and established scholarly research writers’ residencies and conferences. The workshop included provocative think-pieces, aimed at mapping out some of the innovative work that the programme will deepen in the next few years, and establishing a foundation for the work to be pursued at the three universities and beyond.


Front: Angelo Fick (ASRI)
Middle L-R: Vasu Reddy (UP), Relebohile Moletsane (UKZN)
Back L-R: Gabisile Mkhize (UKZN), Haidee Swanby (UWC), Glen Ncube (UP),
Heather Thuynsma (UP), Desiree Lewis (UWC), Donna Andrews (UWC), Hassan Kaya (UKZN). Lynn Mafofo (UWC)


Food Politics and Culture Festival

10-12 November 2017, District 6 Museum

The summary and reflection of the festival can be accessed here: Festival Reflection

Festival Programme


Common Ground for Food Sovereignty 27 April 2017

The FPC project participated in the “Common Ground for Food Sovereignty” event, organised by Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) and the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation. The event linked the struggles of smallholder farmers and farmworkers.

Student reflection by Haidee Swanby  Regulating slavery is not good enough 

The Future(s) of Food: Panel Discussion July 2017

Striking workers at Robertson Winery: September 2016

Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Event Cape Town. August 2016

Read Sean Sithole’s (PhD Candidate) Reflections on Carlo Petrini’s Cape Town visit.

World Food Day Event: 16 October, 2015

World Food Day Report


International Symposium on Food Studies: Transnational Conversations July 22-23, 2016

Food Colloquium: 29-30 August, 2015

This project is concerned with the human dimensions of food in our current context. The emphasis is on how certain knowledge work to create understandings about food, society and culture; how we can explore complex social identities in relation to food items, food cultures and food preparation or consumption; and how social relationships and struggles are configured around food systems.

Read the  Colloquim report

The Food (R)evolution Exhibition: a “traveling documentary photography-as-public-art outdoor installation,”

Designed by the Sustainability Institute, the Center for Complex Systems in Transition, and the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University. 


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