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Tasting Displacement: Food Justice in the Age of Gentrification

A BSA Food Studies Group International Seminar Series

11 February 2021 (4:00–5:00pm GMT)

About the Event

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

Tasting Displacement: Food Justice in the Age of Gentrification - Joshua Sbicca, Colorado State University
This talk explores struggles to determine the economic viability and cultural value of urban food and farming spaces, and by extension, who has a right to the city. As cities compete for new residents, local boosters increasingly leverage the appeal of hip cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as community gardens and urban farms, to attract wealth. In the United States, as well as many other countries, this is a racialized process that disproportionately leads to the displacement of poor Black, Brown, and immigrant communities. Therefore, the fight for food justice necessarily requires integrating fights against gentrification. This talk draws from previous research and lessons about how food is imbricated in the political economy and cultural milieu of gentrification, as well as how the food movement, from farm-to-table foodies to food justice activists, navigate the forces of displacement.


Joshua Sbicca is Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle. He is also the co-editor with Alison Hope Alkon and Yuki Kato of A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City.

Upcoming Webinars

  • 11 March 2021 - Sarah Bowen, North Carolina State University   
  • 13 May 2021 - Ashante Reese, Austin Texas University


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