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Event: Online Public Lecture

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Time: 5:00-6:30pm CET, 6:00-7:30pm CAT

Dr. Alistair Fraser, Maynooth University, Ireland

Dreamlike visions of an intelligent, automated food system are widespread today. A vast eco-system of start-ups, along with numerous academic research teams, draws on and informs data reserves held by corporate giants while generating these so-called ‘innovations’ – and all in the expectation that it will ultimately yield a ‘smart’ food system. Taking issue with the failure of funding agencies and innovation processes more generally, Dr. Alistair Fraser asks: What is going wrong? The core failures: a problematic cultural political economy mixing with an emerging planetary cognitive ecology to yield countless and proliferating misconfigured innovations. Is there any route out of this abyss?


This event is co-hosted with PLAAS, University of the Western Cape. It is part of the public lecture series “High-Tech Valorization of Nature”, hosted by the BioMaterialities Research Group at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.