an image of a table with ceramic crockery
Image credit: Paul Blakemore

Food Justice and the Sea

When: 14th March 2024, 4pm - 6pm

Where: Sparks Bristol, 78 Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3DS.

An artistic exploration and critical discussion of livelihoods and the sea

The Listening Table has a story to tell of the struggles and challenges faced by those who seek to make a living out of the sea. In its current form, it voices the frustrations and uncertainties felt by those who catch and sell fish commercially in the early twenty-first century. In our discussion, we will examine the nature of justice in the sea, drawing on our varied experiences and approaches as researchers in the arts and social sciences.

Guests will be encouraged to explore the table and its stories and then to engage in a critical discussion, provoked by academics and where their research meets the sea.

  • 4pm arrival and table demo
  • 4.30pm discussion
  • 5.30pm mingle

The panel will be chaired by Rob Skinner (History) and will include:

  • Amy Rose and the story of the Listening Table,
  • Lydia Medland (Sociology and Politics) a tale of tinned sardines,
  • Lucy McCarthy (University of Bristol Business School) and the challenge of sustainable fish, and Laurence Publicover (English) and the lore and the law of the sea.

The Listening Table was developed by Amy Rose, Synnøve Fredericks and Pete Bennett and was funded by the Brigstow Institute of the University of Bristol. It will be on display to the public at Sparks Bristol between 23-Feb and 23rd March 2024.

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