Social & Cultural

This theme covers social aspects of the food system, including consumer culture in relation to food, the history of food and the development of agriculture, interactions between food and other social issues, and the wider implications of food-related technologies.

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Obesity and Physical Activity: From Behaviour to Environment

Speaker: Jean-Michel Oppert, Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine (CRNH), Paris

Date: 28 November (Thursday, week 7)

Time: 1 - 2pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (Seminar Room), Oxford OX2 6PE


Obesity in the news media life cycle: ethics, responsibility, and stigmatisation

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Speaker: Catriona Bonfiglioli, Media Studies, Social and Political Change Group, University of Technology Sydney

Date: Thursday 5 December

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (Seminar Room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

For further information about the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, please visit their website.

All are welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there.


Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2015, Week 7

The Fat(tened) American: Between Consumption, Disgust, and Animality


Speakers: Chris Forth, University of Kansas

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Michelle Pentecost

Date: Thursday 26th November

Time: 1-2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE


Rosie Kay is the current Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence in the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.


Anthropology in Dance or Dance in Anthropology?
Wednesdays, 2.00pm, 64 Banbury Road (Lecture Theatre)

A series of participatory practical sessions with choreographer Rosie Kay exploring the following themes: how dance can inform anthropology, and how anthropology can illuminate dance. Please wear clothes that you can comfortably move in.

24 April (week 1) TRUST – the listening body
1 May (week 2) SPACE – bodies and the environment
8 May (week 3) OTHER BODIES – relationships and collaboration
15 May (week 4) EMOTIONS – internal feeling / external dance


‘Digital Food Activism’ – An Oxford Food Governance Group Workshop

Keynote speaker: Steve Woolgar, University of Oxford

Invited speakers: Mariano Beguerisse Díaz (Imperial College, London), Melissa Caldwell (University of California, Santa Cruz), Ryan Foley (University of Oxford), Amy McLennan (University of Oxford), Eva Giraud (Keele University), Katharina Witterhold (University of Siegen)

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Michelle Pentecost


Date: Thursday 22 May

Time: 2-5:30pm

Location: St. Cross College

The workshop will focus on working papers, developed as part of our ongoing research project on consumer engagements with food governance.


Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 1:30-5:30pm

Location: St Cross College, Oxford

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, the Oxford Food Governance Group will convene an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy‘.

The workshop presentations will examine the case studies that comprise our current project, with particular emphasis on the advocacy practices that characterize each of the ICT platforms we study, and the policy implications they may hold. Highlighting emerging modes of consumer mobilization and action, the workshop will foster discussion on the project’s potential impact.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 1:30-5:30pm.

Registration is essential; please RSVP by 4 June at: You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 5 June.


Oxford Food Forum:

Culture, Food, & the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security

Delegates Conference Schedule 2015 – Saturday May 2nd

Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College,


Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).

Everyone is welcome to attend.


People » Alexandra Littaye

DPhil Student, School of Geography and the Environment

Alexandra's research is on alternative food networks in the UK and Mexico, focusing on the narratives of small-scale producers engaged with the organisation Slow Food.