Structures of Power, Oppression and Resistance in food and food systems, at the 20th Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) conference


Dates and times: 

November 29, 2023 - 09:00 to December 1, 2023 - 18:00


University of Jyväskylä
Seminaarinmäki Campus
Seminaarinkatu 15
TBC Jyväskylä


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The 20th Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) conference will be organized at the University of Jyväskylä, on November 29 to December 1 2023. A pre-conference event for Ph.D. students as well as the reception for the conference participants will be arranged on the 29th of November.

During the ETMU Days 2023, we aim to shed light on Structures of Power and Oppression by asking questions such as: What do structures of power and oppression consist of? How are they materially, discursively, linguistically, socioculturally, and historically constructed? How have they developed throughout time and space? How can they be made visible? What harm have they caused? Who has benefited from them? How can they be challenged and dismantled? What other structures, processes, or relationships could and should be built instead?"

We are excited to invite you the workshop:

Structures of Power, Oppression and Resistance in food and food systems

Food systems, from labour to consumption, is an “international nexus of capital, colonialism, white supremacy” that cuts across “immigration, labour, human rights and international trade laws” (Harris, 2021; p. xii). It encompasses intersections of capitalist accumulation, imperialism, dispossession, knowledge on health, animals and the environment.

For instance, global food systems rely on precarious and underprotected labour performed by migrants, including seasonal workers, those displaced and/or in undocumented situations, and racially minoritized people (Allen, 2016; Dines & Rigo, 2016). Their underprotection and precarity was highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic (Elver & Sharpiro, 2021). Slaughterhouse workers, often racially minoritized and migrants, are traumatised by working with and seeing large scale mechanized killing of animals within industrial farming (e.g Holdier 2016). Indigenous food sovereignty remains undermined through settler colonialism, and the expansion industrial agriculture and animal industry contribute to land grabs and climate change (Westhoek et al. 2014; Robin et al., 2016, Notess, 2018). Moreover, oppression manifest through food consumption norms like appropriation and commodifying “other-ed” cuisine; Nordic cuisine is linked to race, gender and class oppression (hooks, 1992; Rossi, 2009; Andreassen & Ahmed-Andresen, 2013).

Nevertheless, resistance and solidarity are also performed through and with food, ranging from community-led programs, marginalized knowledge of food brought to the forefront, and refusal of food.

This workshop welcomes research that problematizes structural issues surrounding food and food systems translocally, and more importantly, finds solutions and possibilities of resistance – inside and outside of academia. We welcome submissions in English that challenge dominant knowledges across diverse contexts using the following, but not exclusively, approaches:

• Migration Studies
• Critical Race Theory, Racial capitalism
• Decolonial and postcolonial theories
• Gender, ecofeminist, queer cultural studies
• Intersectionality
• Critical food, vegan and animal studies
• Law, Human rights and Third World Approaches to International Law
• Indigenous studies
• Sociology of food

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) by July 31 here:
We will let you know about acceptance by August 25.

If you have any questions about the paper submission system, please contact If you have question about this specific workshop, please contact either Freja ( or Dionysia (

Registration for the conference will open in the fall and follow potential updates on ETMU's website

We are looking forward to your abstracts!

Best regards,
Dionysia Kang & Freja Högback

Abstract submission: Jul 31, 2023
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