Researchers to host 'food utopias' workshop

Friday, April 12, 2013

LAWRENCE — Through an Interdisciplinary Seed Grant from The Commons, several University of Kansas researchers will host a public food utopias workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Spooner Hall. Convened by Paul Stock, assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies, the team leading this workshop aims to create interdisciplinary agricultural- and food-related research projects. The discussion will include insight from a range of disciplines about an imagined ideal food system.

In addition to local specialists, the workshop features guests Fred Kirschenmann, professor of religion and philosophy at Iowa State University and Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and Lyman Sargent, emeritus professor of political science at University of Missouri-St. Louis and one of the foremost scholars on utopian studies.

Those interested are welcome to join the discussion, which will be followed by a community feast at Ecumenical Christian Ministries. In conjunction with this workshop, the Spencer Museum of Art will exhibit works from its permanent collection related to idyllic or dystopic representations of foodstuffs, foodways and food systems. These works will be on view in the Spencer's Teaching Gallery through April 21.