Tuesday 16 February 2021 2pm UK time, 9am JA/Canada, 7:30pm India

2:00-2:05         Welcome by Conny Guell (University of Exeter) 2:05-2:35       Keynote: Professor Matthew Smith (UCL Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership) “400 Years and a Whole Heap of Brown Sugar.” (chair: Conny Guell) 2:35-3:00         Breakout groups for focussed discussion on the keynote talk 3:00-3:10         Break 3:10-3:55         Panel 1: Food systems: Historical Dynamics and Dimensions  (chair) Branwyn Poleykett Sandra Widmer (York University): Translating Food Systems Research into Colonial Values: Of Nutrition Education Programs and Land-use Anxieties in the Post-War Colonial Pacific Islands (Vanuatu) Elise Wach (Coventry University): What Clanship agrarian systems tell us about the potential of ‘marginal’ agricultural areas to sustainably contribute to healthy diets: A historical political ecology analysis of pre-capitalist food systems in the Scottish Highlands and the dynamics of the agrarian transition which led to their demise Megan Larmer (University of Exeter and Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming): Seeds of Reconciliation 3:55-4:00         Close: Karyn Morrissey (University of Exeter)

Wednesday 17 February 2021 2:00-4:30pm UK time 9:00-11:30am JA/Canada, 7:30pm India

2:00-2:05         Welcome by Nigel Unwin (Universities of Exeter and Cambridge) 2:05-2:35         Fireside chat with Professor Nora McKeon – “Global Food System Governance: Past, Present and Future Challenges”  (chair: Nigel Unwin) 2:35-3:25       Panel 2: Indigenous Food Systems and Change (chair) Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh, University of Exeter Philippa Ryan (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew): Changing agriculture practices and foodways in Nubia, ethnobotanical and archaeobotanical perspectives Thanuja Mummudi, (School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Pondicherry University): Indigenous forest rights and land alienation through the lens of food sovereignty Steffen Boehm and Stefano Pascucci (University of Exeter): Was the food system more circular in the past? From regenerative to extractive practices 3:25-3:40         Break 3:40-4:25         Workshop with Andrew Judge (Algoma University): Knowledge for a changing climate 4:25-4:30         Close: Ruth Thurstan (University of Exeter)


Thursday 18 February 2021 2-4:15pm UK time 9-11:15am JA/Canada, 7:30pm India

2:00-2:05         Welcome by Karyn Morrissey 2:05-3:15         Panel 3: Thinking Through Foods  (chair) Karyn Morrissey Jess Fagin (University of Exeter): Sheep in the Diaspora Space Nan Sheppard (Bournemouth University): Claiming Agency in the World-System: Sustainable Resistance through Chocolate Making in Trinidad and Tobago Femke Vulto (University of Oxford): Tasting the Sea, Tasting Capital: On How the Brown Shrimp Became a Global Commodity Atak Ayaz (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva): The (Im)Possibility of Competing with International Experts: On Not Being a French Oenologist in Turkey  3:15-3:30         Break 3:30-4:00         ‘Cornish cream tea’ lightning round: Research and Challenges 4:00-4:15         Feedback from group discussions and close (Ruth Thurstan and team)


Friday 19 February 2021 2-4.15pm UK time 9-11:15am JA/Canada, 7:30pm India

2:00-2:05         Welcome by Henrice Altink (University of York) 2:05-2:55         Panel 4: Methodologies for Research in and for the Caribbean (chair) Ishtar Govia Marisa Wilson (University of Edinburgh): Reframing Nutrition Transition: A Case Study from Trinidad (photo elicitation interviews with twenty-five supermarket workers in the lunch canteens of four major Trinidadian supermarkets) Gabrielle Guy (Goldsmiths, University of London): Contradiction between food’s centrality to Trinbagonian identity, everyday practices and the emerging discourse on food security Oacia Fair (McGill University): Improving Food and Nutrition in the CARICOM: Enhancing Nevis’s School Meals Program through a Local and Sustainable Food Procurement System 2:55-3:10         Break 3:10-4:00         Fireside chat: “How can a historical perspective inform current food systems policy and practice?” – Ishtar Govia with Henrice Altink and invited guests 4:00-4:15         Final thoughts and close (Conny Guell with Branwyn Poleykett and Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh) For any queries regarding the programme, please email: For any technical queries, please email: