Video Content

Panel Discussions

Epidemic shocks and food cultures in the new millennium

27 May 2020

  • Psyche Williams-Forson
  • Mariam Mayet
  • Carla Tsampiras

In the new millennium, global capitalism, racism, heteropatriarchy and xenophobia powerfully shape “disease” and “health”, as well as food practices and discourses. In this panel discussion, three critical thinkers reflect on connections between discourse and practices around food and health epidemics with the aim of opening up public debate.

Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminar 3:

Centering African Feminism in Food Cultures and Politics

27 July 2021

  • Patricia Mcfadden
  • Yvette Abrahams
  • Ruth Nyambura
  • Mercia Andrews

Although African women are centrally involved in the preparation, production and struggles around food, activist and academic domains rarely acknowledge their centrality as knowledge producers in food struggles, agroecology and critical food literacy. In this panel discussion, four feminists who are pivotally involved in food struggles address key social, cultural, environmental and nutritional concerns from the perspective of radical African-centred feminist perspectives. The themes discussed are: 1. Current food systems, neo-imperialism and African women and feminism 2. Who are the experts? Omissions in “alternative” and “radical” politics and knowledges 3. Connecting “theory”/”knowledge-making” and practice in food work 4. Food “crises” in relation to gender, race, neo-imperialism and the Anthropocene 5. Re-imaging human encounters with food from African feminist perspectives.

Virtual Seminar 4:

Embracing Contemporarity

29 September 2021

  • Patricia McFadden

Women’s and Gender Studies Department and South African Association of Gender Studies presents a discussion on the context of the so-called “decolonial turn” and the frequently mechanical embrace of “political correctness”, what are the legacies and possibilities for radical feminist imagining. Themes explored include:

  • Herstories, Legacies and Political shifts in feminism
  • Crafting new language and feminist imaginaries to respond to contemporary challenges
  • Resisting ecocide – living an ecofeminist vegan life


Virtual Seminar 1:

Corporate fast food advertising targeting children

29 June 2021

  • Desiree Lewis
  • Lynn Mafofo
  • Sheetal Bhoola

This seminar raises the way that a transnational corporate advertising industry, working in conjunction with the global food system, ruthlessly exploits children’s imaginative needs. By analysing advertising texts, it focuses on how persuasively global food marketing works. It also explores the abuse of the democratic principle of the “rights of the child” when advertisers manipulate children’s capacity to “choose” unhealthy fastfood.

Virtual Seminar 2:

In Search of the Perfect Curry in Two Contemporary South African Cook Books

25 May 2021

  • Vasu Reddy
  • Relebohile Moletsane

This seminar raises the way that a transnational corporate advertising industry, working in conjunction with the global food system, ruthlessly exploits children’s imaginative needs. By analysing advertising texts, it focuses on how persuasively global food marketing works. It also explores the abuse of the democratic principle of the “rights of the child” when advertisers manipulate children’s capacity to “choose” unhealthy fastfood.


International Symposium on Food Studies

The Meanings of Cooking in public life

23 July 2016

  • Angelo Fick

The Meanings of Cooking in public life (visual presentation). International Symposium on Food Studies. Held at University of Pretoria.

Drama students presentation at UP

23 July 2016

  • University of Pretoria Drama Students

Drama Presentation. International Symposium on Food Studies. Held at University of Pretoria.