The Brown Symposium is held at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. During the Symposiusm, there will be wonderful talks by several of us including Andrew Revkin, Robert Bullard, Chris Carter and myself. Join us for a thoughtful two days on the Anthropocene.
My talk will be on "The Burger in the Anthropocene"
The burger, long the All-American meal, is undergoing an identity crisis. From its shifting place in popular culture to the efforts, by investors such as Bill Gates, to seek to find the non-animal burger that can feed the world, the burger’s identity has become as malleable as that patty of protein, itself, before it is thrown on a grill. Carol J. Adams will explore the history, business, cultural dynamics and gender politics of the ordinary hamburger. After defining the burger as a modernist solution to protein delivery whose time has passed–and explaining why that is–Adams delves into the history of the veggie burger and the emergence of plant-based meats, including burgers.
Join me for the 5th Annual Harvard Animal Law Week as I discuss #MeToo and The Sexual Politics of Meat. The topics I will be discussing include:
1) A feminist case for animal ethics (feminist ethics of care/relational ethics/exploration of overlapping and interconnected oppressions).
2) What awareness of animal oppression and feminist “animal” theory contribute to understanding sexual exploitation, for instance, how representations from animal agriculture businesses that sexualize and feminize animals promote an “Anti-#MeToo” perspective; explaining the concept of the absent referent and how this occurs in sexual exploitation, what the metaphor of “feeling like a piece of meat” tells us, and the problem with the word “predator.”
3) How feminist perspectives help to illustrate why sexual harassment was a pernicious problem in animal advocacy (including how white vegan men dealt with the association of meat and masculinity, the development of “bro culture” in the animal rights movement, and the challenge of accountability).
It will be at WCC 1010 of Wasserstein. The main law school building.
I'll be speaking at Oxford University, updating the ideas of the sexual politics of meat and applying them to this current political moment, including discussions of the ongoing association of meat and masculinity, the use of misogyny in animal agriculture, and how literary criticism provided a way to conceptualize interlocking oppressions.
For more information check out the events page on Facebook.
Come celebrate the publication of Protest Kitchen with me at Austin's venerable indie bookstore, Book People!
I’ll be joining Compassion Over Killing to discuss my new book Protest Kitchen, co-written with Virginia Messina. Protest Kitchen focuses on the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time. This book shows how veganism provides a way to respond to a variety of issues that at first might not seem connected, including food justice, climate change, misogyny, national security, and racism.
Delicious vegan snacks will be provided and COK will be giving away their popular loaded DC VegFest tote bags while supplies last.
Where: East City Bookshop 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE #100, Washington, DC 20003
For more information see Compassion Over Killing’s event on Facebook.
Protest Kitchen Book Talk and Signing at Red Emma's Radical Bookfair Pavilion at the B'more Book Fair
That’s right, I’ll be talking about #ProtestKitchen at the B’more Book Fair at Red Emma’s Radical Bookfair Pavilion.. A wonderful opportunity to speak truth to power about animals, social justice, veganism, misogyny, food justice, climate change, and compassion.
The schedule for the Radical Bookfair Pavilion is here.
See you at the harborfront! Map here.
The Facebook event information is here.
Animal philosophy and theory not only decenter the human; they also offer ways to question and challenge white privilege; to question masculine privilege and challenge patriarchy; and to question “American exceptionalism” and challenge xenophobia. It is important to understand the link between animal exploitation and other means of oppression—including Western definitions of the “human” as white and masculine, the role of Western colonialism in promoting meat and dairy, and the interaction between misogyny and the use of animals. The lecture will highlight the insights that arise through a dialogue between engaged animal ethics and the critique of contemporary political attitudes and actions.
Where? Withers Hall, Room 232A
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Withers Hall, 101 Lampe Drive,
Raleigh, NC 27607
Protest Kitchen is an empowering presentation on the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time. Our food choices not only affect personal health and the environment, but are also tied to issues of food justice, climate change, misogyny, national security, and racism, xenophobia, and bullying. Protest Kitchen is the first book to explore the ways in which a more plant-based diet challenges regressive politics and fuels the resistance. Drawing on the book of that title, the presentation combines social analysis of repressive values and how veganism is part of the resistance against them, with specific suggestions for change through “Daily Actions” and vegan recipes. It is empowering because it shows how veganism as a part of resistance provides a way to respond to a variety of issues that at first might not seem connected to veganism. It includes a discussion of including all animals within a compassionate framework, and the relationship between compassion and hospitality.
For more information check out the Toronto Vegetarian Society's VegFest website.
The History, Business, Cultural Dynamics and Gender Politics of the Burger
The burger, long the All-American meal, is undergoing an identity crisis. From its shifting place in popular culture to the efforts, by investors such as Bill Gates, to seek to find the non-animal burger that can feed the world, the burger’s identity has become as malleable as that patty of protein, itself, before it is thrown on a grill. Carol Adams’s Burger is a fast-paced and eclectic exploration of the history, business, cultural dynamics and gender politics of the ordinary hamburger. After defining the burger as a modernist solution to protein delivery whose time has passed–and explaining why that is–Adams delves into the history of the veggie burger and the emergence of plant-based meats, including burgers.
For more information, see the Toronto Vegetarian Society's VegFest website.
More information to come!
I'll be returning to my roots of Chautauqua County, New York to speak as part of Fredonia State's Convocation Series, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in New York State. I'll discuss activism, and being agents of change, and what it means to look past the species barrier to the status of the other animals.
I'll be signing copies of my new book, Even Vegans Die, co-written with Virginia Messina and Patti Breitman at Reverie Bakeshop, 1930 N. Coit Rd #140, Richardson, TX 75080.
Stop by and get some delicious vegan food and talk with me about why we chose this subject. Hope to see you in June!
For more information on Reverie check out their website:
You can read an interview with us here:
And listen to an interview we did with "Our Hen House" here:
Watch for The Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show at this weekend event where we'll be talking about the important issues of food justice!
For more information, go here: http://www.farmedanimalconference.org/register.html
The Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show is coming to Allegheny College!