Informal Session: The Urban Pacific (!)
Organizers: Hiʻilei Julia Hobart and Amanda Friend Shaw
As the effects of climate change increasingly shift the conditions of everyday life within the Pacific region, food security has come to the fore as a pressing concern. Changes in ocean temperature have shifted fish populations, rising water tables have changed soil salinity, and an increasingly globalized food system has created an economies of import dependence.
The organizers of this informal session invite participants working on issues of food security, sovereignty, and indigenous food knowledge, in order to explore how growing, provisioning, and eating are negotiated within Pacific Island communities. We invite these conversations to be wide-ranging, and to engage questions of gendered labor, new technology, epistemology, abundance
and scarcity, and changes over time. We are also interested in the historical conditions that make
and unmake ways of eating and engaging with the environment, including colonialism, modernity, migration, and trans-Pacific networks. Contributions are welcomed from a range of theoretical perspectives that critically interrogate how food economies, cultures, politics and cultural representations shape lives and livelihoods in the contemporary Pacific.
Themes could include, but are not limited to, critical consideration of:
Participants interested in this session are invited to contact the co-organizers with a suggested topic of interest, intention to participate, or any questions that you might have.
Hiʻilei Julia Hobart <email@example.com>;
Amanda Friend Shaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>