Current seminars

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

To view previous speakers, and to access slides and audio recordings from previous seminars, please visit our seminar archive.


UBVO Seminars – Hilary 2018

 Thursdays, 1-2pm, 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

(unless otherwise noted)

Conveners: Michelle Pentecost, Tess Bird, and Stanley Ulijaszek

18 January  Alex NadingBrown University

Ethnography in a Grievance: Enunciatory Communities, Law, and Environmental Justice in Nicaragua’s Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic

25 January   Harry Rutter, University of Oxford

Chess, not chequers

1 February  No Seminar
8 February Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford

Theorising with narrative: How careful analysis of stories can help us rise above the ontological desert of ‘behaviour change’ research

15 February Sara de Wit, InSIS, University of Oxford

How climate change as an idea travels to sub-Saharan Africa: The anthropology of forecasting, future-making and humanitarianism

22 February Gabriela Morini, University of Gastronomic Science, Pollenzo

The taste for health

1 March Karolin Bergman, Uppsala University

Public expressions of trust and distrust in official dietary advice: What do letters reveal about lay people’s relation to the National Food Agency in Sweden?







Tracing food digitally: Digital methods and their implications for social science research

Wednesday 7 March 2018 @ The Oxford Martin School

 2:00-3:00 pm

Torben Jensen and Anders Munk, Aalborg University, Copenhagen

“Digital Methods and their Implications for Social Science”

3:00-3:30 pm

Anders Munk, Aalborg University, Copenhagen

“Tracing the New Nordic Food Movement”

3:45-4:30 pm

Tanja Schneider, University of St. Gallen

“Entrepreneurial activism and the redefinition of food sustainability”



Book Launch!7 March, 5-7 pm, Oxford Martin School  

“Digital Food Activism”

This book talk is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

To launch the new book, Digital Food Activism, edited by Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan and Stanley Ulijaszek, there will be a panel disucssion with the following speakers:

  • Javier Lezaun, Co-Director, Oxford Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (Chair)
  • Thao Dam, University of Oxford
  • Mike Goodman, Professor of Environment and Development/Human Geography, University of Reading
  • Noortje Marres, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

The book talk will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome. Further information:


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