Radical Fermentation Dialogue Series: Stephanie Maroney and Maria Marco


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Dr. Stephanie Maroney, Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager at UC Davis Humanities Institute (College of Letters and Sciences) in dialogue with Maria Marco. 

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.

Stephanie Maroney is a feminist science and food studies scholar creating collaborative projects on fermentation and mycology. Her current research explores both ferment and mycelium as methods for making new knowledge(s) and relations. She has published articles broadly on the sociocultural impact of human microbiome science, including the topics of queer fermentation praxis, the colonial afterlife of microbiome science, and healthism in probiotic dietary culture. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies and administers the Mellon Public Scholars program (a community-engaged arts and humanities research program) at UC Davis.


About the Radical Fermentation Dialogue Series

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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.