It is always a pleasure when a young academic can reach out to the broader public and discuss his/her research's societal relevance and impact. Our own Vincent Walstra has been doing very well on disseminating his work and featuring in various media. This is a list of his recent publications and interviews.
It is February 2021 and Europe is still tormented by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the continent and beyond, strict restrictive measures are put in place to halt the spread of the virus. The intensity of the measures reaches but doesn’t exceed those of March 2020 when Europe and much of the western world stood still but our collective “lockdown after lockdown” fatigue most certainly does.
This blogpost is a reflection on the food relief initiative that I was involved in in Utrecht, the Netherlands between May and August 2020. During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and soon after the subsequent closing down of shelters providing food to homeless and other vulnerable groups in the city, a group of volunteers set up a cooking and distributing team to fill the gap. This initiative provided support to people who otherwise would have been left exposed to the abrupt suspension of their food assistance amidst the first lockdown. It was brought to life thanks to the support of art institution BAK, social center ACU and the involvement of various volunteers.
During my fieldwork in Turin I had the opportunity to exchange thoughts with several researchers investigating same areas and projects but from a different disciplinary angle. Despite the dissimilar research questions and methodologies, such exchanges always enriched my understanding of the context and benefitted my analysis.
This blogpost reports on one of these conversations, which Alessandro Pisano, political science student at the University of Turin, and I had with regards to the transforming neighbourhood of Mirafiori Sud. Why did we both focus on this peripheral area? How did we approach the study of its transformation? What are our analyses of the impact of local urban greening and food production projects?
Image from ESOF Forum programme page.
On Monday 7 September Food Citizens rejoined after the end of fieldwork during a workshop day at the old mill yard 'Molen de Ster' in Utrecht.
Empty train stations, canceled holidays, sick acquaintances, shortage of hospital beds, people hoarding toilet paper… COVID-19, the Corona-virus that caused a pandemic, has disrupted everyday life, flooded the healthcare system, and halted the economy. Daily talk is all about the Coronacrisis, but where normal live has been distorted, alternative social interactions emerge. The digital space is booming through video chatting, online teaching and meeting, as bulletin board for offering help, for organizing solidarity initiatives, and for pure entertainment. In this review, I will reflect on the influence of the Coronacrisis in my research field in Rotterdam. From my apartment, after nearly two weeks of isolation, I feel the urge to write about this crisis with special attention to digital activities related to the research topics of collective food procurement and citizenship. Since measures and knowledge change almost daily, it is important to note that this review is written on Thursday and Friday the 26th and 27th of March 2020.
“Neighborhood solidarity cannot compensate the absence of the State: a response from the local administration is needed”
Between the 30th of January and the 2nd of February 2020 around 250 people took part in the II Polish Food Sovereignty Forum.
Consumers are encouraged to think of food production and consumption as amoral activities – Michiel Korthals in his book Goed Eten: Filosofie van voeding en landbouw (2019, 353)
In January 2020, the team took a break from their respective field sites and travelled back to Leiden to take stock of their research progress and to host its third Advisory Board meeting at their home institution, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.