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New York

Food and Immigrant Life

Date and time

2013.04.18 to 2013.04.19, 8:36 AM to 8:36 AM


The 29th Social Research conference will examine the complex relationships between food, migration, and immigration. Food scarcity is not only at the root of much human displacement and migration—the food industry also offers migrants an entry point into the U.S. economic system while, simultaneously, confines migrants to low wages and poor, and sometimes unsafe, work conditions. In addition, food is a primary vehicle for migrants to maintain their cultural identity, which is so important to displaced peoples. The conference is an opportunity to firmly place issues of immigration and food service work in the context of a broader social justice agenda and to explore the central role food plays in expressing rich cultural heritage.

The New School’s Center for Public Scholarship and the Food Studies Program presents this, the 29th Social Research conference, in collaboration with the Writing Program, India China Institute, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Center for New York City Affairs, Global Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, and International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (ICMEC).


The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium


66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)


New York


United States of America

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migration, food, social justice

Economic sectors

Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Labour standards and Health and safety at work

Geographical focuses

America - North, America - Central & Caribbeans, America - South, Asia, China, Guatemala, Jamaica, Philippines, Honduras, Colombia, Equator, Other Caribbean States, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Repulic, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, El Salvador, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Peru, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan