Milk and Whiteness

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  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
  • Audio described

What you’ll do

Watch a recording of the panel discussion exploring milk’s associations with purity and whiteness and the racialised politics of diet and nutrition.  

Long held to be the cornerstone of good nutrition, milk is entangled with histories of nationalism, empire and food inequality. What can a closer look at milk tell us about the ideas and forces that have shaped our global food systems?  

You’ll hear different perspectives from our speakers and then have the chance to share your thoughts, ask questions or just listen.

This event was simultaneously live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel.

Dates

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Past

Events

  • Discussion
In-venue event

The Forum

  • Speech-to-text
  • Audio described

  • Discussion
Online event
  • Speech-to-text
  • British Sign Language
  • Audio described

Need to know

Location

We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

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Guaranteed (online)

Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email. If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

Speech-to-text

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription, which will be displayed on a large screen.

Audio described

This event will be audio described for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Places are free but very limited. If you would like to come along, email access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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About your contributors

Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp

Speaker

Johanna is Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on the different ways in which nations, institutions and individuals navigate ethical borderlands surrounding the ways in which colonialism is both remembered and structurally embedded in the present. Her most recent work explores archives and collections relating to the end of the British Empire in Africa, including the relationships between science, technology and the imagining of decolonial futures. She is fascinated by the colonial history and inheritance of milk, and the impact of this on global dairy consumption in the present.

Head and shoulders photo of Fozia Ismail

Fozia Ismail

(she/her)
Speaker

Fozia Ismail is a scholar, cook and founder of Arawelo Eats, a platform for exploring politics, identity and colonialism through East African food. She has worked with a range of cultural institutions on exploring food and empire, including the London School of Economics, Tate Modern, National Trust and Bristol Old Vic. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4's ‘The Food Programme’, and in the Observer Food Magazine, Vittles and Bristol 24/7. She is part of dhaqan collective, a Somali feminist art collective in Bristol. 

Professor Andrea Freeman

Professor Andrea Freeman

(she/her)
Speaker

Andrea Freeman is Professor of Law and Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. She is a Fulbright King’s College London Research Scholar currently doing research on food oppression in the UK. She is the author of 'Ruin Their Crops on the Ground' (forthcoming 2023) and 'Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice' (2019). She writes and researches at the intersection of critical race theory and food policy, health, and consumer credit, with a special interest in the whiteness of milk.

Head and shoulders photograph of Subhadra Das

Subhadra Das

Facilitator

Subhadra Das is a writer and historian who looks at the relationship between science and society, and what those histories mean for our lives today. For nine years, she was Curator of the Science Collections at University College London, where she was also Researcher in Critical Eugenics at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation. Her research centres around critical approaches to the history of science, particularly race science and eugenics, along with the history of museums, particularly the colonial history of natural history museums. She has written and presented podcasts, curated museum exhibitions, done stand-up comedy and regularly appears on radio and television.