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(RSO-58806) Beyond Sustainability: Theorizing post- & anti-capitalist food futures - Period 6

This course examines radical and critical theories of change that explicitly challenge the dominant, corporate-led and neoliberal global food system. In the course we seek to problematize and re-theorize often taken for granted categories that the status quo of our food system is built around – sustainability; technology; production; economy; growth; and capitalism itself. Food and food systems are deeply political, shaped by historical structures. Yet, food systems are also shaped by the everyday practices of human and non-human actors. The course therefore does not adopt an a-prioriontology of food system change, but rather explores radical alternatives that theorize change across the structure-agency divide. Theoretical approaches examined in the course include Marxist agricultural political economy, racial capitalism, diverse economies, and feminist political ecology. We discuss each theoretical approach in relation to four cross-cutting themes of food system change: land; labour; difference; and ecology. The course also examines social movements that seek to enact radical change, and the institutions that stand in the way. This includes problematizing the role of the neoliberal university in realizing just food futures.

*Registrations open until April 26, 2023*