Time: Wednesday, the 28th of November 2018 at 17:00-19:00
Venue: Think Corner’s Think Lounge (2nd floor). Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki
Climate sustainability of everyday food practices has gained increasing visibility in the media. Veganism as an everyday political act has become more common, fostered by a range of campaigns such as the Vegan Challenge. Also markets for plant-based alternatives for meat and dairy have burgeoned. Although animal rights and the detrimental environmental impact of meat production have been long-discussed topics, societal transition toward more a sustainable and ethical food culture has been slow.
This event deals with social, cultural and political negotiations on climate sustainable foods and veganism: how are identities, norms and institutional practices negotiated when people switch to plant-based eating? Food, climate and species relations are issues that require a broader approach than natural sciences can offer. Cultural and intersectional analyses help to understand various forms of inequalities in the context of food production and consumption. Furthermore, questions of practical food provision and consumption need to be addressed when promoting climate sustainable food cultures.
The event is held mostly in English.
Kuura Irni, university lecturer and project leader, University of Helsinki: Welcome and opening words (FIN & ENG)
Recipe developer Lilli Munck, University of Helsinki: Ilmastokestävää ruokaa lounasravintoloihin – kokemuksia vegaaniruokareseptien kehittämisestä ammattikeittiöiden käyttöön (FIN)
Tania Nathan: Decolonizing our thinking – food justice for people of color (ENG)
Interview: The vegan movement and other social justice movements: cooperation and solidarity (ENG). Interviewees: Postdoctoral researcher Kadri Aavik, University of Helsinki and Tallinn University, and researcher Panda Eriksson, Åbo Akademi
Panel discussion and questions from the audience (ENG). Chair: Kuura Irni. Panelists: Kadri Aavik, Panda Eriksson, Tania Nathan and Lilli Munck.
- The audience is welcome to ask questions and join the discussion during the panel.
Please note that there are some changes in the programme: Sanna Karhu's presentation and participation in the panel discussion have been cancelled.
The event is organised by the project “Climate Sustainability in the Kitchen: Everyday Food Cultures in Transition”. The project is funded by the Kone Foundation and carried out in the Gender Studies unit at the University of Helsinki in 2018-2020. The project is interdisciplinary, approaching the topic from feminist, sociological and environmental sciences perspectives. The project also develops climate sustainable vegan recipes for lunch restaurants in Finland.
ACCESSIBILITY: All Think Corner facilities are fully accessible. The fully accessible entrance is via the lift lobby at the corner of Yliopistonkatu and Fabianinkatu. There is lift access between the floors. The K1 floor has a fully accessible toilet.