Zimbabwe's Urban Foodscapes: Class, Identity and Culture, c. 1980-2020


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


International Studies Group


The proposed book project enters the debate on the coloniality and on the decoloniality of food by using urban working classes’ food eating habits between 1980 and 2020. Using the concept of urban working class foodscapes enables it to contribute to both classical and contemporary food studies. It also deploys working class household perspectives regarding food. These attitudes altered modern cityscapes by their creolized and hybrid eating practices. The book contextualizes the ruling ZANU PF government’s food sovereignty policy by integrating it into the historiographies of the Zimbabwean crisis and the land reform and by including ideas about the Anthropocene into these debate. It deploys sensorial historical methodologies as a way of not only availing an everyday food history from the global south but of including lower class aesthetics of food into historiography.