Techno-Politics in Agriculture and Food Under (and After?) Capitalism. Part I

Monday, 16 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC40 Sociology of Agriculture and Food (host committee)

Language: English

In food and farming, technology is both a site of capitalist expansion, and an arena of possible change. We invite papers that consider how technology is participating in our food and farming politics by, for example, altering agricultural knowledge production and governance, changing relationships among producers and consumers, or solidifying or challenging existing power relations. Technologies here is used expansively, and can include biotechnology, intellectual property, data processors, mechanisation, algorithms, and social network platforms. Papers should consider these topics within capitalism—either its reproduction or possibilities for its transgression. We hope that through this session we can elaborate on contemporary challenges to developing a socially just and environmentally sound food system, while also considering how new material infrastructures might be altering relations of production in meaningful ways.    
Session Organizers:
Katharine LEGUN, University of Otago, New Zealand, Madeleine FAIRBAIRN, UC Santa Cruz, USA and Zenia KISH, Stanford University, USA
Oral Presentations
Institutional Logics and the Challenges of Assembling Agri-Food Technologies
Vaughan HIGGINS, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Melanie BRYANT, University of Tasmania, Australia
(Climate)-Smart Agriculture: From and for Whom?
Marine LUGEN, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Edwin ZACCAI, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Sustainable Seafood Labeling Programs As a Tool for Sustaining the Oceans: Probing the Level of Consumer Awareness
Anthony WINSON, University of Guelph, Canada; Jennifer SILVER, University of Guelph, Canada; Chantelle RAMSUNDAR, University of Guelph, Canada; Larissa GOSHULAK, University of Guelph, Canada; Jin Young CHOI, Sam Houston State University, USA