Past

December (2015)

‘Insects for Food and Feed – An interdisciplinary workshop’, Oxford Martin School, Oxford 

December 4th, 10am – 4.30pm.
Oxford Martin School,University of Oxford, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD

The primary aim of this workshop is to share present and future research on the diverse and interdisciplinary topic of insects as food and feed, with a (non-exclusive) focus on UK-based research.

Registration is free of charge, thanks to the GB Sasakawa Foundation. Please email charlotte.payne@gmail.com with your name and affiliation to register.

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‘Interdisciplinarity: What about intersectionality?’ Critical Theory in Practice, Cambridge

December 8th, 5pm – 7pm
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre, Cambridge

A talk on the origins of disciplines and a recent push for ‘interdisciplinarity’ in research (particularly surrounding sustainability, environment and food). What about interdisciplinarity in practice? How does this play out, and what about intersectionality of axes such as gender, culture, styles of communication?

November (2015)

‘Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan’ Agora, Berlin 

November 28th, 5pm onwards. Donations only event.
Agora Collective, Berlin

An evening of communal eating and interactive storytelling, centred on the preservation of food, stories and culture. Particular focus on fermentation and ‘wasted’ foods, and how to create a sense of value and ‘home’ through food.

It is not simply about what food is, but how it becomes a food: how our home environments, people, tastes and comforts all conjure value around particular foods. How can we connect the dots in an unjust system that still values some foods, and some cultures, over others?

Organised in collaboration with Edible Alchemy, Rosemary Liss (artist in residence), and Clandess Diner. 

‘Eating the planet to death – How far are we from producing food socially and environmentally sustainably?’ Copenhagen

Panel debate in collaboration with Murmur and Mad Mad Mad Bodega restaurant, Copenhagen. I spoke about the issue of scaling up indigenous foodstuffs as ‘solutions’ within agri-food systems, focusing particularly on edible insects and the claims of being environmentally and socially beneficial in the ‘future of food’. This neglects power relations, social value hierarchies, and can fundamentally transform who produces, who controls and who ultimately benefits from the food source.

July (2015)

Love Bug: Traditional Aphrodisiacs – Japanese Insects – Taste Education, Oxford

“Food is a playground, offering the chance to explore and enjoy new flavours and experiences. Love Bug provides you with a playful evening of sensory explosions. We want to get your heart racing, urge you to get hands on with your food and explore outside your culinary comfort zones.

Move over oysters and champagne; we will be cooking with traditional aphrodisiacs from around the world. One exceptionally enticing ingredient will be edible insects, ranging from sticky and sweet wasp larvae and hard-hitting hornet liquor.

Along with your heart, we also want to get your mind racing. The engaging stories behind each morsel will be told throughout the evening, and we encourage you to become part of this story. Your tablecloth will be paper, your cutlery will be joined by pens; throughout the meal, tell us what you think of the tastes, aromas, textures and overall experience through doodles, writing and other creative forms.

The only question that remains is: Are you willing to catch the Love Bug?”

June (2015)

“Look Down: Edible Insects”, Tandem Festival, Oxford.

A workshop exploring entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – and its links to culture, environment and psychology. These themes will be discussed in an interactive talk, also giving the audience a chance to experiment with some hands-on insect cuisine.

Thanks goes to Tandem Festival for providing the workshop space and to Tsukahara, a small Japanese family enterprise specialising in wild foods for 70 years, who donated 3kg of insects for the event.

May (2015)

“Exploring sustainable food and agriculture in the UK: What is the place for young people?”

Part of ‘Adult School’, a learning platform for farmers and local community in Kushihara, Japan.

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