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Food, Landscape and the Future of Greenlandic Agriculture


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Department of Culture & Social History invites to a public lecture with anthropologist Les Field titled: "Food, Landscape and the Future of Greenlandic Agriculture".

In his lecture, professor Les Field explores the current possibilities Greenlanders are creating and confronting in the era of climate change. Based upon previous ethnographic work, he asks, on the one hand, whether the potential for expanded and more intensive agriculture in Southern Greenland could usefully be addressed as an issue of food. What produced agriculturally foods would Greenlanders want, prefer, or seek to experiment with? Are there other markets, such as tourists and foreign workers, who would constitute important markets for agriculturally produced foods? On the other hand, he asks how Greenlanders envisage the future landscape that agriculture produces, given that agriculture itself is a major form of landscape transformation. How do agricultural landscapes fit into the imagining of Greenland as an independent country, a country that has differentiated itself from its colonial past?

Les W. Field is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. In Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Native North America, and in Palestine, his research has hinged upon establishing collaborative relationships with communities concerning the goals, methods, agendas, products and epistemologies of anthropological work. He has taught about food, landscape, agriculture and colonialism, and he co-organized and led field schools in the West Bank in 2011 and in 2015.

  • The lecture will be held in English
  • Tea, coffee and cake will be served afterwards, and there will be time for questions and discussion
  • Everyone is welcome


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