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Reimagining Sustainable Food Systems

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Friday October 12, 2018

11:00 am to 1:00 pm  |  Room 554

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This workshop will explore the idea of frugal futures, and enable participants to imagine a world with more sustainable food practices and systems.

The practical portion of the workshop will involve participants engaging in a ‘world-building’ activity where they will imagine and develop a narrative for a new world in the near-medium future. This will be facilitated through the use of the card game The Thing From the Future (The Situation Lab 2013).

Following this, participants will physically build their new world with discarded materials, in an effort to actively re-use/re-consider waste in a circular manner that closes the loop.

The workshop will end with a reflexive dialogue that critically questions how we understand and convey the experience of frugality, waste and community change. It will also prompt a critical examination of the opportunities and challenges of world-building.

The workshop will include a tasting of snacks made from waste foods. Participants are asked to bring a reusable drinking vessel.


Selmin Kara  |  Associate Professor, OCAD University

Selmin KaraSelmin Kara is an Associate Professor of Film and New Media at OCAD University. She has critical interests in digital aesthetics and the ecological imaginary in cinema, currently working on a book project exploring the cinematic representations of the Anthropocene.

Selmin is the co-editor of Contemporary Documentary and her work has also appeared in Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st Century Film, the Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, Studies in Documentary Film, Music and Sound in Nonfiction Film, and The Philosophy of Documentary Film.


Alia Weston  |  Assistant Professor, OCAD University

Alia WestonAlia Weston is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University. She has an expertise in the areas of business management and design, and her research is focused on understanding how creativity and business can contribute to positive social change. Key themes in her research include exploring creative resistance within resource constrained environments, and exploring how alternative business practices can contribute to solving key challenges in society.

Alia’s work has been published in a diverse range of media. This includes scholarly work in Organization journal, edited collections on Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship, and Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social & Organizational Change, as well as The Globe and Mail

In conjunction with her research she hosts workshops and exhibitions which engage with issues related to creative and sustainable work practices. A notable example is the (Re)² Reconstructing Resilience, conference and art exhibition.



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