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Impression et sauvegarde

Toronto and Montreal

Historicizing ‘Food Labour’ and Law

Date et heure

2015.02.13, 13:00 à 13:00


Adrian A Smith at the seminar series, Slavery Old and New: Labour Exploitation Through the Ages and Around the Globe

February 13, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Via video-conference at York University (Stedman Lecture Hall 120E) and McGill University (Burnside Hall, 805 Sherbrooke West, Room 107).

Lunch will be provided. RSVPs to oppenheimer@mcgill.ca for attendance at McGill or kroots@yorku.ca for attendance at York are encouraged, but not required.


A recent surge of interest in the contemporary relationship between food and (unfree) labour invites critical historical reflection. How have historians understood the relationship between labour unfreedom and food production through the ages? And what role does law play in these understandings? Surveying three prominent historical accounts on food and slavery — Eric Williams’s Capitalism and Slavery, Sidney Mintz’s Sweetness and Power and Judith Carney’s Black Rice — I examine the unfree labour-food-law nexus with a view toward historicizing the study of contemporary ‘food labour’ regulation.

Adrian A Smith is Assistant Professor in Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies. He is cross-appointed to the Institute of Political Economy and the Institute of African Studies. His research interests include labour studies and the global economy, migration, the political economy of development, social movements, and visual legal studies. All of his work is situated within an anti-oppression framework with an emphasis on antiracism and anticolonialism.




York University and McGill University


Toronto and Montreal




Secteurs économiques

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Groupes cibles


Pertinence géographique

Ontario et Quebec