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Austerity Bites: Food Stories from Lewisham

Via Gabriela Nicolescu, Goldsmiths

Exhibition organised by the Goldsmith’sDepartment of Anthropology

Venue: Weston Atrium, Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths
Private View: 24th May, 17.30 
Dates: 25th May – 6th of June 
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9.00-21.00

The exhibition presents the result of our ethnographic project Austerity Bites conducted by the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The exhibition is based on an extensive phase of interviews, workshops, collections of objects and artefacts and interactions with different groups of local residents, to hear their stories, talk about their routines, and discuss the many meanings of everyday food consumption for these residents of Lewisham.   The London Borough of Lewisham is one of the most culturally diverse but also one of the most deprived areas of London and has been particularly affected by the politics of austerity that have compounded the effects of a deep economic recession. …

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Rolling Jubilee: a bailout of the people by the people

I wanted to draw reader’s attention to Rolling Jubilee, a project that buys up debt with the explicit intention of abolishing it. As I write this (and this will be long out of date by the time you read this post), $109,507 has been raised to abolish $2,194,957. This is a really significant and transformative use of donation and a growing social movement we can all participate in.

This kind of project, alongside the campaign to withdraw money from mainstream banks (see Bank Transfer Day and Occupy Withdraw) are essentially encouraging a form of consumer activism that has the possibility to effect a genuine transformation or create a genuine financial democracy – the best way of working within the system towards a moral agenda usually kept outside.…

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