Food utopias in Switzerland

Practices and narratives of transitions towards more sustainable food sysmtems


Wednesday 7th of June 2017, from 09.00 to 17.30
Anthropology Institute, Rue Saint-Nicolas 4, Neuchâtel

Conference program


09:00       Welcoming words and introduction

09:15       Keynote: In Search of Good Farmers: Food Utopias, Care, and the Future
                of Food

                Paul Stock, The University of Kansas

​10:00       Panel 1: Bringing agriculture in cities

  • Imagining and practising the edible city in the canton of Geneva: The class politics of urban food production
    Marion Ernwein (University of Oxford)
  • Organizing Urban Agriculture: The Basel Example of Practice
    ​Isidore Walliman (Syracuse University)

    Discussant: Joëlle Salomon-Cavin (University of Lausanne)

13:30       Panel 2: Redefining the relationship between consumers and producers

  • New forms of solidarity economy ? Re-visiting producer-consumer relations in 20th century Switzerland
    Bettina Scharrer (University of Bern) and Peter Moser (Archives of Rural History, Bern)
  • Contract, constraints and food as vectors of change in alternative food networks
    Marion Fresia, Jérémie Forney and Julien Vuilleumier (University of Neuchâtel)

    ​Discussant: Hugh Campbell (University of Otago)

15:30       Panel 3: Giving a new meaning to the act of producing and consuming

  • Permaculture: beyond agriculture.
    Gaëtan Morard (University of Neuchâtel)
  • Citizen-consumers' and food decision-making processes in Switzerland: Often called upon, rarely influential ?
    Rémi Schweizer (University of Lausanne)
  • Towards healthy and sustainable food consumption practices: the role of prescriptions
    Laurence Godin and Marlyne Sahakian (FGSE, University of Lausanne)

    Discussant: Philip Balsiger (University of Neuchâtel)


New farmers

Photo exhibition: vernissage and roundtable (in cooperation with SAMEN)
June 6th, 18:00, Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel

Practical Informations


No registration is needed to attend the conference and it is free of charge



Anthropology Institute, University of Neuchâtel, Rue Saint-Nicolas 4, Neuchâtel