Feeding Discontent: Reflections on How Food Might Save Modern Democracies - September 2019

About the event

Democratic institutions appear to be under threat due to, among other things, inequality, hyper-partisanship, and hate. Incivility reigns as racism and xenophobia have moved out of the shadows. At the same time, people are increasingly only talking to, interacting with, and living alongside those who think, love, worship, and vote just as they do. What does this all mean? And, more importantly, can we do anything to turn things around? 

In this lecture, Professor Carolan argued that food holds the potential to suspend partisanship, bigotry, and anxiety, affording opportunities to engender understanding and even empathy with those from opposing political tribes.

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Welcome Remarks

Monica Gattinger

Professor Monica Gatinger, Director, ISSP and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, uOttawa


Opening Remarks

Kelly Bronson

Professor Kelly Bronson, Core Member, ISSP and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa


Keynote Speaker

Michael Carolan

Professor Michael Carolan, 2020 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the ISSP, uOttawa


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