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Beyond Access: Notes on Delight, Food, and the Black Radical Imagination

A BSA Food Studies Group International Seminar Series

13 May 2021 (4:00–5:00pm GMT)

About the Event

The BSA Food Studies Group are delighted to announce the next in their BSA Food Studies Group International Seminar Series which started in January 2021.  Each seminar will take place on the second Thursday of every month from 4:00–5:00pm GMT.

Beyond Access: Notes on Delight, Food, and the Black Radical Imagination
Ashanté Reese
"Access" frame many contemporary conversations about food inequities—including Reese’s book, Black Food Geographies. Thinking reflexively about what "access" does and doesn’t do as a framework for creating an equitable future, this talk explores how the experience of delight coupled with the Black radical imagination offer alternative pathways for imagining food provisioning and consumption.


Dr Ashanté Reese earned a PhD in Anthropology from American University in 2015. She also holds a bachelors of arts in History with a minor in African American studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Broadly speaking, Dr Reese works at the intersection of critical food studies and Black geographies, examining the ways Black people produce and navigate food-related spaces and places in the context of anti-blackness.

Animated by the question, who and what survives?, much of Dr Reese’s work has focused on the everyday strategies Black people employ while navigating inequity. Her first book, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington DC, takes up these themes through an ethnographic exploration of antiblackness and food access. Black Food Geographies won the 2020 Best Monograph Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Her second book, Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, is a collection co-edited with Hanna Garth that explores the geographic, social, and cultural dimensions of food in Black life across the US.

Currently, Dr Reese is working on a new project that explores the continuity of plantation geographies and abolitionist possibilities within rural and urban food systems vis-à-vis the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s agribusiness sector.


This event is free of charge but registration is required.  A zoom link will be circulated prior to the event.