News of the Sociology of Consumption and Households Group

Jonas House awarded degree of doctor

Congratulations to Jonas House! On October 17th, he has succesfully defended his PhD thesis and has been awarded the degree of doctor.

Jonas House on the frontpages of Volkskrant and NRC

On the frontpages of the Volkskrant and NRC of Saturday, October 6, Jonas' work on eating insects was discussed in the Wageningen University advertisement.

More information: Uitgelicht - Volkskrant and NRC

Nanako Nakamura

Nanako Nakamura joined SCH as an early stage researcher for the WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity) Marie Curie ITN.

Her project title is: The politics of care and defining the good life: Elderly women's community food economies in rural Japan.

She will work together with dr. Chizu Sato (SCH) and prof. dr. Bettina Bock (RSO) for the next three years.

Chizu Sato's co-authored chapter was published

Recently the chapter titled 'Popular Medical Discourses on Birth Control in the Soviet Union during the Cold War: Shifting Responsibilities and Relational Values' co-authored by our colleague Chizu Sato and Yuliya Hilevych was published in the book 'Children by choice?: Changing values, reproduction, and family planning in the 20th century'.

More information on this interesting book can be found here:

Co-edited book by Stefan Wahlen

Exiting news, the book edited by our colleague Stefan Wahlen together with Isabel Cruz and Rafaela Ganga was recently published. He has also written a chapter in this book titled '“Foodsharing”: Reflecting on individualized collective action in a collaborative consumption community organisation'.

More information can be found here:

Book chapter in "Psychoanalysis and the GlObal"

Our colleague Chizu Sato published a chapter titled “Empowering Women: A Symptom of Development?” in this new book “Psychoanalysis and the GlObal”, edited by Ilan Kapoor.

Abstract: Over the last two decades, empowering women has become a popular scenario in the social fantasy of development. While technologies for empowerment shift, today’s “smart economics” continues to see women as potentially rational entrepreneurs able to multiply investments through their contributions to their own familial, communal, and national well-being. Mirroring the evolving technologies used for women’s empowerment, critical feminist academics elaborate analytic tools that capture these technologies’ nature. Yet, the tendency of their analyses to remain at the level of unthreatening critique bears investigation. This chapter draws on Lacanian psychoanalytic insights to extend transnational feminist critiques of women’s empowerment in development. It sees the constantly evolving invention of new technologies of women’s empowerment, as well as concomitant critiques, as a symptom of development, that is, as an effect of an intersubjective dialectics of desire constituting women as subjects/objects of empowerment. Through practicing transnational feminist literacy that attends to the dynamics of negativity, I try to expose our relationships with such changing technologies and their critiques and offer a possibility for a different articulation of women’s empowerment, attempting to move beyond the mutually constitutive practices of those who empower, those who are (to be) empowered and those who critique.

Keywords: Women’s empowerment, development, smart economics, transnational feminist literacy practices, Lacanian psychoanalysis, the Real, negativity, enjoyment

Sociology of Consumption and Households joins CSPS

Together with the chair group Health and Society we are now members of the Centre for Space, Place and Society. The centre will as of now consist of five chair groups GEO, RSO, SDC, HSO and SCH. We look forward to fruitful discussions and collaborations.

The Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) brings together researchers from three chair groups within Wageningen University (WUR) – Cultural Geography (GEO), Rural Sociology (RSO) and Sociology of Development Change (SDC) – and beyond to advance critical-constructive scholarship within the social sciences. Our particular focus is on issues of socio-spatial and environmental justice. In investigating dynamics of spatial and social rootedness, connections, and circulations, with special attention to questions of inequality, exclusion, difference and plurality, CSPS seeks to translate knowledge into practical action in pursuit of a more just and equitable world.

Green teacher award

Our colleague Chizu Sato received the Green Teacher Award today. With this reward Green Office Wageningen honors teaching staff who can distinguish themselves as ‘Green Teachers’.

More information:

Here you can find the booklet with the interview excerpts of all award winners:

Jozelin Soto Alacron successfully defended her PhD.

Jozelin Soto Alarcon, who visited SCH as a guest PhD last year, just defended her PhD in rural sociology at the Metropolitan Autonomous University. Congratulations, Jozelin.

Dr Y. Hilevych awarded with a Rubicon grant.

Dr Y. Hilevych, who graduated for her PhD at the SCH group, was awarded a Rubicon grant for her project “The art of conception? Infertility identities in Britain before IVF (1945-1980)”. With this grant she will study the identity forming that was associated with infertility before in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was discovered in the United Kingdom, (1945-1980).

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