Radical Fermentation Dialogue Series: Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann and Jessica Bissett Perea

fermenting birds by Ida Jacobsen

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Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann, project leader at Greenland Center for Health Research at the University of Greenland, Ilisimatusarfik (Visiting Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) in dialogue with Jessica Bissett Perea.

This series brings together coordinators of the DHI transcollege research cluster Radical and Relational Approaches to Fermentation and Food Sovereignty for interdisciplinary dialogue about fermentation science, Indigenous food sovereignty, performance, feminist science studies, and radical/relational approaches to fermentation. We invite participants with interests in these topics from across campus to join the series and build a research community.

Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann is an Inuk [Inuit from Greenland] microbiologist (University of Copenhagen 2012) with specialty in Arctic metagenomics. After acquiring her Ph.D. in metagenomics from the Technical University of Denmark, she moved back to Greenland to lead the research project The Greenland Diet Revolution at the University of Greenland. The project is focused on understanding the microbial importance of Indigenous Greenlandic foods prepared in nature. Currently Aviaja is a postdoctoral fellow at the Marco Lab at UC Davis, where she is researching Indigenous fermented foods from Greenland and the Greenland gut microbiome.


About the Radical Fermentation Dialogue Series

View the full series description here.

Our fermented food and food sovereignty discourse and praxis are guided by the following questions: What are fermented foods? What is the current state of knowledge about the contents of those foods and their impacts on our diet and health? What is the significance of radical and relational perspectives in food science research? How are Indigenous fermented foods represented across different disciplines and how might we critically address issues such as sub/conscious bias? Whose stories matter and who decides? Instead of proposing singular truths or facts, this cluster invites participants and audiences to consider the existence of multiple simultaneous truths, all of which are culturally constructed, performed, and in some cases politicized and policed.

Each event will feature a presentation of one scholar’s work, followed by a dialogue led by another research cluster member and questions from event participants.