The World-Shaking Power of Pigs & Pork in China
This lecture traces the rise of pork in China’s reform era (post-1978) as a political economic project premised on both ‘global’ and ‘local’ forces and relations. It provides an overview cultural histories and meanings around pigs, pork, and peasants; the role of the state and corporations in the reform era pork industry; and some of the key social and environmental implications of the pork boom.
Dr. Mindi Schneider is Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Development and Change at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the social and ecological transformations that accompany the industrialization of agro-food systems, with special attention to pigs and pork in China. She collaborates on “Feeding China: The Project on China’s Food Histories, Geographies, and Ecologies” and the “Commodity Frontiers Initiative”.
Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Lyons Hall, Dining Hall
Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467