Hilary King (Emory University), “Brighter Spots: Tracing the Roots of Resilient Pandemic Response in Atlanta’s Alternative Food Systems” (Agrarian Studies Colloquium)

Event time: 
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 11:00am
Zoom and 230 Prospect Street, Room 101 See map
Event description: 
The core of the Agrarian Studies Program’s activities is a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.
This topic embraces, inter alia, the study of mutual perceptions between countryside and city, and patterns of cultural and material exchange, extraction, migration, credit, legal systems, and political order that link them.
It also includes an understanding of how different societies conceive of the spatial order they exhibit. What terms are meaningful and how are they related?: e.g., frontier, wilderness, arable, countryside, city, town, agriculture, commerce, “hills,” lowlands, maritime districts, inland. How have these meanings changed historically and what symbolic and material weight do they bear?
Hilary King: Brighter Spots: Tracing the Roots of Resilient Pandemic Response in Atlanta’s Alternative Food Systems
Dr. Hilary B. King is an applied anthropologist and sustainable food advocate. She is currently the Associate Director of the Master’s in Development Practice at Emory University, a professional degree grounded in the anthropology of development. She uses ethnographic research methods to explore business practices, knowledge flows, definitions of sustainability, and emerging political and social networks in the realm of sustainable agriculture. Her current research focuses on the anthropology of organizations and bureaucracy, interrogating the impact of non-profit professionalization on direct market agriculture in the United States. Her research has been supported by USDA, Fulbright, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Emory University in 2017. 
Dr. King’s applied work contributes to innovative food system initiatives. Prior to joining Emory, she was Chief of Farmer Relations at a direct trade company, building connections between farmers in Latin America and consumers in the United States. In Atlanta, she has worked since 2015 to support the MARTA Markets, fresh produce stands selling locally grown foods within the city’s public transit stations. A native Oregonian, Dr. King settled in Atlanta in 2010. She makes a darn good latte, homemade blackberry jam and handmade tortillas.
Meetings are Fridays, 11am -1pm Eastern Time, unless otherwise noted.
Meetings will be held in a hybrid format, both on Zoom and in-person at 230 Prospect Street, Room 101.
Please contact agrarian.studies@yale.edu to receive the meeting information and the password to download the paper from the Agrarian Studies website.
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
Yale Community Only