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Dinner 2040
06. 19. 2015

Dinner 2040: Imagining Sustainable Food Practices in Maricopa County, Arizona

This workshop, which applies transdisciplinary knowledge to the specific problem of food, will attempt to engage community partners in imagining “Dinner 2040,” a vision for the future of food systems in Maricopa County.

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Dinner 2040

ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research is exploring the theme of “Toward a Just and Sustainable Future” as part of the Humanities for the Environment (HfE), aproject founded by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The last of three workshops will be in October 1014 and will explore the theme “Forms of Collaborative Knowledge and Collective Action: The Future of Food.”

The final workshop, which applies transdisciplinary knowledge to the specific problem of food, will attempt to engage community partners in imagining “Dinner 2040,” a vision for the future of food systems in Maricopa County. Each steering committee member will connect with a community partner from a different stakeholder group. During Workshop III, all participants will come together to participate in an intensive one-day design charrette. The hope is that the event will allow participants to explore different visions of the future in order to foster an understanding of Arizona’s food history and the history of agricultural practices more broadly, the history and the ongoing development of the region’s food culture, and finally, evolving practices in sustainable food farming, harvesting, distribution, and preparation.

The third and final workshop will also feature Vandana Shiva as a guest lecturer. Shiva will be presenting on Thursday, October 30, 2014. She is a physicist, world-renowned environmental activist, winner of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize, and author of a number of books including Making Peace with the Earth (2013). For more information on Shiva’s lecture click here.

Finally, the steering committee will come together to contribute to a special issue of Resilience, an all-digital journal of environmental humanities. This issue will showcase the processes used in the “Green Humanities Lab,” to provide a model for bringing all interested parties into these environmental discussions and bridging the difficulties presented by multiple disciplinary models.