Beth Wangari Kamunge
This research explores black female perspectives to contemporary food politics questions. Whilst an impressive body of anti-racist feminist literature has been produced in the last few decades on food and race, or food and gender, there remains a paucity of anti-racist feminist food-related research from black women’s perspectives. Following the frustrations of other Black-feminists who have wondered ‘how many times this has all been said before’, this project engages a ‘critical refusal’ to re-state the need for Intersectionality. Instead it takes the relative absence of black women’s standpoint in critical feminist food-related work, as an opportunity to think through epistemologies of ignorance in the field(s) of (feminist) food studies. Overall it asks the question: what are black women perspectives on food politics and how can they contribute to contemporary feminist food studies?
|Education and Experience||
Master in Public Law, human rights pathway (LL.M) in International Legal Studies, The University of Sheffield, (2007-2008)
I applied my legal training to advocating with/for displaced Indigenous communities over a 5 year period, after a 9 month internship period. This was initially as an Advocacy Program Officer, and later overseeing a portfolio of Gender and Natural Resource Rights in the Kenya context for an international human rights grant-making organisation. It was through my experience with these communities, and lived experience as a farmer's (grand-)daughter that my professional interests in Black-feminist food politics were solidified.
|Academic conference presentations||
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016 (London) 30th August-2nd September 2016
Presentation: Eating as a research method (Friday 2nd September, 2016)
Inaugural Doctoral Academy conference, The University of Sheffield, 21st October 2016
Poster presentation: The everyday food experiences of Women of Colour in Sheffield…and why they matter
Contemporary Food Issues, 16th June, University of Brighton-Falmer’s campus
Presentation: Feminist possibilities and challenge in food-based research methods
5th Annual White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Conference, University of Leeds
Presentation: Engaging with food with Women of Colour in research about Women of Colour engaging with food
Academia and Affect, 3rd June 2016, The University of Sheffield
Presentation: How my positionality is shaping my research
Blackness in Britain Conference, October 2015: Presenter
Presentation: A black-feminist food scholar’s reflection on the mattering of black lives
The White Rose Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN) Annual Conference,
Presentation: Food politics in black-feminist spaces
RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term Forum, March 2015:
CREN Roundtable Discussion: The ethics of research and challenging dominant forms of knowledge production in Food Studies
Inter-disciplinary research centre on Family Violence and Violence against Women Conference, University of Montreal, May 2011
Presentation: Gaps & Challenges to SGBV Awareness & Prevention efforts amongst Female Urban Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya
Population Council, “Economic Empowerment programming for Adolescent girls (December, 2010)
Presentation: Economic Empowerment Strategies: case study on Heshima Kenya’s Maisha Collective
(sample of latest):
Joseph, Salisbury, R., Johnson, A., Kamunge, B., (forthcoming- 2018) The Fire Now: Anti-racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence. Zed Books.
Kamunge, B. (2017). Intersectionality and food politics in Kenya Food Security and the Right to Food in Kenya Nairobi: Route To Food Alliance.
|Teaching/ Tutorial/ additional Workshop facilitation experience||
(sample of invited speaking engagements):