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Edible Feminisms: Gender, Waste, and Metabolism – Center for Study of Women Event

February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Activists and scholars will offer live reflections on how the past lurks in our shared food future, and what to do about it.


Food justice and food waste activists:

Tanya Fields (Founder and Executive Director, The BLK Project)

Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia (Co-Editor, Poor Magazine; author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America)

Rick Nahmias (Founder and Executive Director, Food Forward LA)

Award-winning scholars:

Heather Paxson (Professor of Anthropology, MIT; author of The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America)

Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies, Pomona College; author of Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century)



DATE: Thursday, February 1, 2018

TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Reception to follow.

LOCATION: Luskin Conference Center, UCLA

Free and open to the public.

Register: https://uclacsw.submittable.com/submit/102504/free-registration-edible-feminisms-panel

This panel is part of Edible Feminisms: On Discard, Waste and Metabolism, a project organized by CSW Adjunct Assistant Professors Sarah Tracy and Rachel Vaughn.

Edible Feminisms will culminate in a special issue of the journal Food, Culture, and Society. Contributors to the special issue will gather for a private writing workshop following the public panel.

This project was inspired by Dr. Kyla Wazana Tompkins‘ framing of “critical eating studies” in her award-winning Racial Indigestion (New York University Press, 2012) and reflects on the ways in which American Studies, Food Studies, Sensory Studies, Science & Technology Studies, and Postcolonial Studies are speaking to one another. Through the promptings of food science popularization, culinary tourism, food waste, sustainability, and access debates, questions of race, identity, and pleasure are currently as germane as the science of obesity/diabetes, allergy, and chemical exposure. Rather than separate such strands, we wish to forward the proposition of “critical eating studies” through explorations of the theme of Re(Value). How do individuals, companies, and policy-makers deploy science (e.g., evolutionary, genetic, molecular) to do the work of differentiation—where differentiation is an expression of value, whether ethnic, cultural, distinction, or brand? How do such actors center science in their route to positive futures? In other words, how is latent capacity transformed into new sources of value and to what benefit, and through which kinds of violence? How does making explicit the materiality, politics, and symbolism of eating (a mutual, subjective, and intractable affair), as feminist and queer critical practice, help illuminate such questions and to what ends?

Panel Details


NEAREST AVAILABLE PARKING: Parking Structure 8 (enter via Westwood Plaza)

REGISTER: https://uclacsw.submittable.com/submit/102504/free-registration-edible-feminisms-panel

THIS IS A FRAGRANCE-FREE EVENT. For the health and safety of all attendees, please avoid wearing products that contain fragrances when attending CSW events. Such products include: perfumes, hair products, deodorants, detergents, etc. For more information, visit our Events Accessibility Page: https://csw.ucla.edu/event-accessibility.

If you require accommodations in order for this event to be accessible to you (e.g., sign language interpretation, large print materials, etc.), please contact CSW at csw@csw.ucla.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

Co-sponsored by:

Luskin Endowment for Thought Leadership

Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Institute of American Cultures

Iris Cantor – UCLA Women’s Health Center

Department of History

Institute for Society and Genetics

Backed by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Division of Social Sciences


February 1, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Luskin Conference Center