City Food

What is the place of food in urban spaces, especially in diverse cities, like Toronto?

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City Food is a collaborative research project that aims at rethinking the category of “ethnic food” and identifying its place in diasporic communities. At a time of increased human mobility and planetary urbanization – the creation of a worldwide urban fabric – the necessity of providing not only sufficient and nutritious calories but also foods linked to diverse populations’ varied traditions and backgrounds becomes a pressing global challenge. Over the last three years we have assembled a global partnership of noted scholars, leading academic programs and centres, museums, and not-for-profits associations.

We are develping a new analytical framework to understand the cultural, economic, and nutritional significance of food in diverse cities. The knowledge mobilized through workshops, peer-reviewed publications, publicly-oriented forums, digital display, and museum exhibits will help train a new generation of food studies and urban studies scholars while engaging broader constituencies and expertise in a new comprehensive and global conversation around access to and availability of food. As we think about questions of food equity, health, and security, we recognize that we must address the cultural needs of diasporic communities and not simply focus on questions of caloric and micronutrient sufficiency.

Upcoming City Food Activities

City Food won a Connaught Cross-Divisional/Cross-Cultural Seminar. Seminars will start in the Fall of 2015 and be posted under events.

 

 

Past Activities

The second City Food workshop, entitled "Food and the Global Asian City," took place at National University Singapore, April 8-9th 2015.

Consult the program here and see pictures of the event here.

The first City Food workshop took place at New York University in the Fall of 2014 and focused on "Deep Data Collection, Regulation, and Representation."

Consult the program here and catch up on the workshop by watching the sessions here

We were e part of the program of the World Street Food Congress 2015 Dialogue-Hackaton

 

READ MORE ABOUT CITY FOOD 

 

Food Studies for Hungry Cities

In 1996, the World Health Organization first articulated a definition of “food security,” an idea that has deeply influenced not only a generation of food activists but also the goals of urban food policies.

Partners and Collaborators

We have assembled an international network of scholars, social entrepreneurs, museums, and nonprofit organizations. 

References

A selected bibliography linked to the City Food collaboration.

Ahmad, Zarin.  “Marginal Occupations and Modernising Cities: Muslim Butchers in Urban India.”  Economic and Political Weekly, August 10, 2013.