Food Matters Track

Personal and collective food stories

Food is a medium through which we tell our own stories, the stories of our communities, and connect across time and space. Now more than ever, many communities are reclaiming traditional food as an essential strategy for decolonizing and sustaining our cultures, bodies, lands and water. But who is in charge of the stories about our food? How can we take charge of those stories, encouraging food makers to see themselves as media makers and encouraging media makers to engage more directly with the people who actually make food? The Food Matters Track will explore the social, cultural, economic and ecological dimensions of food practices. Through hands-on workshops, field trips, roundtable discussions, media-making, cooking, and sharing recipes and meals, we will explore our personal and collective food stories and use media-based practices to examine food and its many connections to resistance and liberation.

Coordinators of this track are Munira Lokhandwala, Ora Wise, Kimberly Chou, Shane Bernardo, Kate McCabe and Max Sussman.

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Call for Participation

Calling all people who make, serve, grow and gather food as well as those hungry for learning and change in our current food systems! We invite you to propose a session to the Food Matters Track at AMC2017.

The ways we create and consume food are inextricably linked to the systems that impact our lives and the ways we produce and consume food can contribute to the transformation of these systems. We’ll come together to ask questions such as:

  • How have histories of colonialism impacted our food practices?
  • How is food being used to heal, connect, transform and preserve our cultures and communities? Where does our food come from and what is the true cost of its production?
  • How have systems of oppression such as capitalism and white supremacy warped our understandings and practices around food?
  • How do we build food justice movements that recognize the complexity of our different stories of food; from cooking and eating to ceremony and resistance?

This year, we are excited to support and join the work of Kreung Cambodia. Kreung Cambodia, created by chef Chinchakriya Un, is a Brooklyn-based pop-up that uses traditional foods to cultivate community and foster dialogue about intergenerational trauma and healing within families and the broader Cambodian diaspora. Chef Chinchakriya will be co-leading the preparation of a community dinner with her mother. We invite you to sign up for sessions cooking and learning with them in the participatory kitchen.


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