The dominant global diet is a major contributor to the climate crisis. A transformation faces considerable practical problems, but is also a major cultural challenge. This research project addresses this challenge by investigating the way that future food cultures are mediated in literary and visual culture.
Project managers and members Johan Höglund and Niklas Salmose Financier Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies, Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Timetable 2020–2025 Subject Film studies, comparative literature, history, natural resources management, food science (Department of Languages, Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
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As observed by entities such as the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems, the dominant global diet is a major contributor to the climate crisis. Societies, in particular in the global north, must eat different types of food, and also transform the way that food is produced, transported and consumed. Such transformation faces considerable practical systemic and logistical problems, but it is also a major cultural challenge since the way people eat is closely connected to cultural heritage and to the social orders and identities that this heritage sustains.
The research project Future Food Cultures in the Anthropocene addresses this challenge by investigating the way that future food cultures are mediated in literary and visual culture. Food has always played a central role in narrative and with the declaration that the planet is experiencing a climate crisis (EU parliament 2019), new fiction has begun to imagine how food systems and eating might change in the near and far future. This project thus studies how narrative communicates both reactionary (nostalgic) and radical (sustainable) ideas about food and eating.
The project directors belong to two of Linnaeus University Centres (Lnuc) of excellence: Lnuc for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and Lnuc for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies. They explore both the complex theoretical and methodological issues related to how food is mediated and the way that the representation of food and food systems narrate pressing issues of global and planetary social and ecological justice.