Annette Desmarais, Wed. March 7th, 12:30: The Emancipatory Politics of Food Sovereignty


The Emancipatory Politics of Food Sovereignty with Annette Desmarais, University of Manitoba

Date:  Wednesday, March 7, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Liu Multipurpose room

By analyzing how food sovereignty is conceptualized and practiced in the Basque Country, this presentation will explore what kind of global political project food sovereignty seeks to build and mobilize. This case highlights the significance of building solidarities from below and across space in struggles for transformative social change.

About Dr. Desmarais:

Annette Aurélie Desmarais is Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty. She is the author of La Vía Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants (2007) that has been published in French, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Portuguese. She also co-edited Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community (2010) and Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems (2011). Prior to obtaining her doctorate in geography, Annette was a small-scale cattle and grain farmer in Canada for fourteen years. She also worked as technical support to La Via Campesina for a decade and continues to conduct participatory research with member organizations of this transnational agrarian movement.