Vegetable Medley. Photo by Frey Gardens.

Biomigrations: Food Sovereignty, Security, and Justice in the Americas

Friday, April 2, 12–5pm, and Saturday, April 3, 10am–3pm (exact time subject to change)

Virtual conference on Zoom. 

Register for April 2.

Register for April 3.

“Biomigrations,” as Jesús Nazario defines it, is a way to reconsider notions of Life and Movement. It is a way to explore one’s community, self, and spirit(s) through violence, refusal, and Indigenous rooting. In other words, Biomigrations is premised on the idea that humans need to know how we are enacting structural pain(s) to humans and non-humans through our Being (violence), how we have arrived at such becoming (refusal), and where we have come from (Indigenous rooting). 

The conference’s main goal will be to collaboratively connect American scholars, community members, and artists through the lenses of Food Sovereignty, Food Security, and Food Justice. We welcome all proposals with specific focus on Indigenous and Black knowledge, people, and lands.

Questions for discussion at the Biomigrations conference may include: 

  • How has access to nutritious and fresh foods changed throughout migrations in North, Central, and South America? 
  • How has Black and Indigenous ownership of farmland shifted across generations in the Americas? 
  • How are women and queer people shaping food justice movements across the American continents?

This conference is organized by the Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Council. Cosponsored by: Multicultural Community Center, Native American Studies Department, Othering and Belonging Institute, Latinx Research Center, and Center for Latin American Studies

Call for Conference Proposals: Due Feb. 28, 2021

This conference is interdisciplinary and transnational, and we encourage submissions from all fields of study. We invite abstracts of in-progress or completed speeches, scholarly papers, or film / mixed media works. 

Graduate or Undergraduate students, community members, independent scholars, and artists from any institution or organization are eligible to submit applications.

Click here for full details, including proposal length requirements and additional specifications.

Apply by February 28, 2021. This event is free to all participants and attendees. Conference agenda coming soon.

If you have any questions, please contact bfigradcouncil@gmail.com.

Accessibility

Cart Captioning will be provided. If you require any other accommodation (e.g. translation, etc.) for effective communication in order to fully participate in this virtual event, please contact Nathalie Muñoz (namc93@berkeley.edu) at least 7–10 days in advance.

Registration

Register for Day 1 — April 2

Register for Day 2 — April 3