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What Difference Could a Cow Make?

Title
What Difference Could a Cow Make?
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Aaron Kappeler # University of Edinburgh; Introduced by: Dr Isabel Fletcher # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
9th Apr 2019 15:30 - 9th Apr 2019 17:00
Location
Violet Laidlaw room (6.02), Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD.
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/research/research_centres/cross_school_research_clusters/food_researchers_in_edinburgh_fried/seminars_and_public_events/2018_2019/what_difference_could_a_cow_make

This talk explores the recent efforts of the Venezuelan government to improve food security and rural livelihoods through an experimental cattle-breeding project. Investigating the activities of a state-run, agro-industrial farm, it asks how the selective breeding practices of technical experts, designed to create a race of cow suited to local ecological conditions, intersect the logic of capital and a biopolitics which requires a re-imagining of the nation and its sovereignty. 

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