Food, Pleasure and Poison in Cape Town: A response to World Food Day

Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 16h30
Venue: Magnet Theatre

This event, a response to International Food Day, involves two components:

One is an interactive panel discussion, exploring wide-ranging forms and meanings attached to food in urban and peri-urban environments. Much has been written about South Africans’ access to food, strategies for increasing food production and processes for distributing food justly. Far less has been said about the quality of the food we eat, how and why we derive pleasure from certain foods and not others, or what happens to our bodies and our psyches when the food we eat is legally and scientifically “poisoned”.

In the panel discussion, four speakers, well-known in their fields, explore the complex negative, positive and ambivalent meanings attached to food and eating in present-day South African urban contexts.

(Speakers) Zayaan Khan, Angelo Fick, Ru Furusa, Haidee Swanby (Chair) Desiree Lewis

The second component, is a thought-provoking play, first performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in July 2019. “My Daily Bread” has been written, directed and performed by black women students at UWC.The play will be followed by a discussion of the issues it raises.




Co-hosted by Auwal Socio-Economic Research Unit and the Critical Food Studies Programme Supported by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), UWC and The Andrew M Mellon Foundation.

Panel discussion starts at 16:30
Performance starts at 19:00

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