FSRC PhD Fellow

How do we craft a food system defined by community, reciprocity, and abundance instead of exploitation and commodification of the "other"? What might this post-capitalist future look like if crafted by peasants and agroecological farmers? The ‘other’ in question here is  “the colonized and the enslaved, the marginalized and the non‐citizen, the woman and the animal—which all of them are made into Other than rational man” (Åsberg, 2008). In pursuit of this question I take a political ecology lens to investigate how agroecological farming and framing may facilitate counter-movements and counter-narratives to the agro-industrial model of "othering" and/or perpetuate normalization of this exploitation, especially when it comes to other species. At the intersection of abolitionist veganic farming, agroecological movements and design, and storytelling/agritourism I explore what drives people to counter hegemonic systems? What relationships and relational values are vital to transformation into post-capitalist societies?


I explore these questions among small-scale, systemically marginalized producers of the upper Northeast on the lands of Abenaki, Wabanaki, Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Mohican, Pennacook, Penobscot, Arosaguntacook, Aucocisco, Nanrantsouak, and Pequawket nations, lands where settlers first made contact and there are rich agricultural histories, practices, and processes, to be told, uplifted, and learned from to not only decolonize the food system but build a more resilient, equitable one in the face of climate, pandemic, and political upheaval. In conducting my research on these lands which are diverse ecologically, culturally, and politically I work with farmers to create an anti-racist food system that values cultural food ways and food sovereignty.

Areas of interest: PAR, peasant economies, agroecological design and transition, museum studies, grassroots social movements

Åsberg, C. (2008). A feminist companion to posthumanities. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 16(4), 264-269.

Advisor: Dan Tobin

Ayana Curran-Howes. A person with shoulder length dark hair wearing a light sweater and a dark red shirt stands against a white backdrop.

Education

  • MS, Environmental Justice, University of Michigan
  • BS, Biology, William Jewel College

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