Join us at Gastón Gordillo’s talk on “The Imperial Metropolis: the Infrastructure of the Soy Supply Chain in South America,” as part of our Future of Food global dialogue series.

Wednesday, January 31st
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 

Multipurpose room, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC
Light refreshments provided.


About Gastón Gordillo:

In his current ethnographic research, Dr. Gordillo is analyzing the social and spatial impact that agribusiness is having on the western edge of the Gran Chaco in northern Argentina. In particular, he is focusing on the political responses by local people affected by the land grabs, evictions, and deforestation triggered by the global demand for soybeans. He is examining these disruptions and conflicts as the result of the subsumption of rural areas to the planetary Metropolis, which he conceives of as the material infrastructure and high-speed currents of goods and energy that make up globalization.

Research interests: terrain and the materiality of space; violence; affect; ruins and ruination; critical theory and continental philosophy; protests and insurrections; the “soy boom” and resistance to agribusiness in South America; Argentina; the Gran Chaco.

Find Dr. Gordillo’s full bio here.

This event is part of the UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series, a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across the university and North America to regularly engage the UBC community and the public around the Global Food System, including topics such as climate change, food security, biodiversity, social justice, culture, and policy. The series uses various formats to foster discussion, such as dialogue circles, seminars, panel discussions, performances, photo exhibitions, and film screenings.

The series is jointly convened by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farmthe Liu Institute for Global Issuesand UBC Reads Sustainabilityan initiative of UBC Sustainability.