Food justice in troubling times: a relational perspective

November 16, 2019 1:30 – 3 p.m.

The New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA) welcomes the Nazareth community (students, staff and faculty) to Dr. Amy Guptill's lecture which is part of its 67th annual meeting to be held on November 15th and 16th, 2019, at Nazareth College.

Activists and allied scholars have been working to understand and actualize food justice within a food system built on oppression and environmental degradation. This work has informed and been informed by several conceptual frameworks for conceptualizing the food system and our place in it, most of them focused on identifying the key actors and the terms of their relationships to one another. In this talk, Amy Guptill, offers an alternative analytical framework drawing on the systems theory of German sociologist Niklas Luhmann. This operational approach includes only the feeding process in the food system itself but examines how the process is coupled to its social, economic, and environmental contexts. This agile framework provides an illuminating approach to questions of power, equity, and sustainability. It also requires us, as critical scholars, to be constantly reflective about how our analyses are shaped by our own assumptions and subjectivities.

Amy Guptill holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. She is Professor of Sociology at the College at Brockport, SUNY, where she teaches courses on food, environment, social change, and statistics. She is a co-author of two textbooks on food: Food & Society (Polity, 2017 2e) and The Food System (Polity, planned for spring 2021).

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Office of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Faculty Development Committee, Office of the Vice-President for Community and Belonging, Writing Center, Department of English and Communications, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History and Political Science, and the Department of Religious Studies.

Free to the Nazareth community (students, staff and faculty).

Saturday - November 16, 2019 1:30-2:45 Shults Forum

Dr. Devparna Roy or 585-389-2762 

Food justice in troubling times: a relational perspective