Milk and Whiteness

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  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text
  • Audio described
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What you’ll do

Join us for a 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 will be simultaneously live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel and you'll be able to ask questions online during the event via youtube chat. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions to view online. A recording of the event will be available to watch afterwards.

Book a ticket below for either the in-venue event or the online event.

Dates

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  • Discussion
In-venue event

The Forum

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  • Speech-to-text
  • British Sign Language
  • Audio described

  • Discussion
Online event

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  • 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.

First come, first served

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee a place on the day. Doors usually open 15 minutes before an event starts and we advise arriving before the scheduled start time to claim a place. We hold some spaces for people with access requirements. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you would like to come along, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

Speech-to-text

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription for visitors who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. If you would like to come along, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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 speakers

Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp

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)

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)

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.