Participants in Decolonizing Foodways 2015. Photo by Jonathan Fong

Working Groups

Below is a list of agri-food related working groups at UC Berkeley.

If you know of a working group that is not on the list, please let us know at foodinstitute@berkeley.edu.

Food, Identity, and Representation Working Group

The Food, Identity, and Representation Working Group at UC Berkeley is a consortium of cross-disciplinary scholars joined together to learn, share, and create public events around the intersection of culture, race, gender, class, sexuality, and colonialism in food systems studies. The working group brings together departments and institutes from across the UC Berkeley Campus and beyond.

Working Group activities thus far include:

Core members:

  • Alison Alkon, Assistant Professor and Co-chair, Department of Sociology, University of the Pacific
  • Hossein Ayazi, PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • Jill Bakehorn, Lecturer, Sociology
  • Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manager, Berkeley Food Institute
  • Amy Huynh, Undergraduate Student, Geography and Environmental Economics and Policy; Asian Pacific American Student Development Liaison, Multicultural Community Center
  • Marilisa Navarro, PhD Candidate, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
  • Melina Packer, PhD Student, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • Lila Sharif, Postdoctoral Fellow, Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Aileen Suzara, MPH Nutrition Candidate, Public Health
  • Kara Young, PhD Candidate, Sociology

Facilitator: Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manager, Berkeley Food Institute: rzfanshel@berkeley.edu

Africans Food Sovereignty Working Group

The Africans Food Sovereignty Working Group aims to engage the challenges and alternatives of food insecurity as experienced by the peoples of the African continent. Each month, the working group will examine the historical and contemporary debates, discourse, and movements related to the multiplicity and complexity of Africa’s food systems.

We aim to engage the challenges and alternatives of food insecurity as experienced by the peoples of the African continent. We will examine the historical and contemporary debates, discourse, and movements related to the multiplicity and complexity of Africa’s food systems.

Monthly discussions will focus on specific issues and themes related to African food systems, such as the African Green Revolution; Alternatives to Industrial Agriculture, Political Economy of the Food System, Natural Resource Grabs i.e. Land & Seed grabs, etc. The working group will provide readings in advance to focus our roundtable discussions. Guest speakers will address these issues. The group will also focus on disseminating information and engage critically in debates on these issues within academia and beyond.

The African Food Sovereignty Working Group at Cal is organized by the Global Justice Program at Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Center for African Studies.

Working Group activities thus far include:

  • Monthly meetings, every first Tuesday, 5:30–7:30 p.m., 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
  • What Role do Female Farmers Play in Africa’s Food Systems?, Tuesday August 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., 460 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Facilitators:

Elsadig Elsheikh | elsadig@berkeley.edu
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UCB

Peiley Lau | peiley@berkeley.edu
Ph.D. Student in Agricultural And Resources Economics, UCB