Keynote speakers

Sharae Deckard is a Lecturer at University College Dublin. She has edited a special issue of Green Letters on “Global Ecologies”, and has published multiple articles on world-ecology and world-systems approaches to world literature and culture. Her monograph, Paradise Discourse, Imperialism and Globalization was published by Routledge in 2010, and a second monograph, Combined and Uneven Development: Towards A New Theory of World-Literature, co-authored with the Warwick Research Collective, will appear with Liverpool University Press in June 2015. She is a member of the ETC editorial committee, and other forthcoming projects include a special issue of Ariel on experimental writing, world-ecology and globalization, a special issue of JWSR on Ireland in the world-system, and an edited collection, Left Turns: Marxism, Postcolonial Theory and the Future of Critique.

Harriet Friedmann, Pollinator of an Emerging Mode of Human Foodgetting.  I am a food system analyst, writer and lecturer. I first entered this unknown realm in the 1970s by studying the world wheat market, which I intuited would be an intrinsically important way to understand world economy holistically, from settler farms to finance, migration, logistics and inter-state relations. My PhD (Harvard, 1977) turned out to cross two unrelated fields of Rural Sociology and World-Systems, and led to influential articles on farming systems and a long, fruitful collaboration with Philip McMichael on food regimes. I was also lucky to be connected with the early emergence of the pioneering Toronto Food Policy Council and its embrace of city-regional food systems. These connections happily converged with two emergent phenomena: the inter-disciplinary intellectual field of food studies which contributes to reconnecting social and natural sciences; and the social movements, social economy experiments, and policy initiatives at all scales, contributing to potential transformations in human relations to land, bodies, society, and governance. I followed the food-farming thread from Sociology into the Centre for International Studies and the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. I am now Professor Emeritus of Sociology based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Visiting Professor of Agrarian, Food, and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (Erasmus University). Recent visiting research collaborations include CPDA (Federal Rural University, Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, and CIRAD, Montpellier, France. My main passions now are seed biodiversity,+ city food regions, commons, resilience theory,  and exploring with others the present possibilities for food system transformations in world-ecological context — what might be called emergent modes of foodgetting.

Doug Henwood is an American journalist, economic analyst, and financial trader who writes frequently about economic affairs. He publishes a newsletter, Left Business Observer, that analyzes economics and politics from a left-wing perspective, is co-owner and co-editor, along with Phillipa Dunne, of The Liscio Report, an independent newsletter focusing on macroeconomic analysis, and is a contributing editor at The Nation.

Sasha Lilley is an English-born radio host, writer and journalist based in Oakland, California. Lilley is the editor of Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult, published by PM Press. Lilley is a contributor to the Turbulence Collective’s What Would it Mean to Win?, a collection of debates about the direction of the Global Justice Movement, published by PM Press.[2] She is the series editor of the political economy imprint Spectre. Lilley is a co-founder and host of the Pacifica Radio program Against the Grain. From 2007-2009, she was the interim program director at KPFA. She directed Pacifica Radio’s coverage of the Winter Soldier hearings in Silver Spring, Maryland, launched the War Comes Home, about the human costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations, curated the multimedia project “1968: The Year that Shook the World” commemorating 1968 with archival audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives, and launched the multimedia collaboration “Afghanistan 2008: Seven Years After the Taliban”. She has overseen national broadcasts, including on torture under the Bush Administration, the testimonials of survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and on the global financial crisis. Lilley was an editor, staff writer, and researcher at CorpWatch, reporting on the World Bank, labor struggles, and agribusiness. She has worked as an academic researcher and investigative journalist, including into US contracts in Iraq following the American-led invasion.

Larry Lohmann (larrylohmann@gn.apc.org) works with The Corner House, a British-based solidarity and research organization. He is a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice and has been associated with the World Rainforest Movement for 25 years. He spent much of the 1980s with Thailand’s Project for Ecological Recovery and more recently has been working with movements in Ecuador and other countries. Among his books are Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the Global Paper Economy (1996, with Ricardo Carrere), Mercados de Carbono: La Neoliberalizacion del Clima (2012) and Energy, Work and Finance (2014, with Nicholas Hildyard). His articles have appeared in journals of Asian studies, politics, accounting, science studies, law, development, environment, geography and politics and have been translated into many languages. Most are available at www.thecornerhouse.org.uk.

Jason W. Moore (杰森·W.摩尔 or 杰森·摩尔) is assistant professor of sociology at Binghamton University, and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes frequently on the history of capitalism in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, from the long sixteenth century to the neoliberal era. His research has been recognized with the Braverman Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1999); the Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Studies (2011); the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association’s Political Economy of the World-System Section (2002, and 2011 honorable mention); and the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2004). His Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital will be published with Verso in July, 2015. He is presently completing Ecology and the rise of capitalism, an environmental history of the rise of capitalism, for the University of California Press. Many of his essays can be found here.

Christian Parenti Christian Parenti teaches in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program. He has published four books, the most recent being, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, 2011). He has a PhD in Sociology and Geography from the London School of Economics.

Andrew Ross is a social activist and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. A contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, the Nation, and Al Jazeera, he is the author of many books, including Bird On Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City, Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times, Fast Boat to China–Lessons from Shanghai, No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs, and The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town. His most recent book is Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal, available from OR Books.

 Tony Weis is an Associate Professor in Geography at Western University in London, Ontario.He is the author ofThe Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock(Zed Books, 2013) andThe Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming(Zed Books, 2007), and co-editor ofA Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice(BTL/PM Press 2014) andCritical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty(Routledge 2014). His researchis broadly located in the field of political ecology, with a focus on agriculture and food systems.

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