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Department of Plant Sciences

Isaac Newton Trust funding awarded

Isaac Newton Trust funding has been awarded for Objects, a new interdisciplinary project to be led by the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC in collaboration with Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ARTEFACT and Founding Director of the new Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos) at CRASSH. The project will assemble multiple small groups of researchers representing the natural, physical, and social sciences as well as the humanities, to discuss objects (ecofacts or artefacts) relating to global food security.

The project will involve researchers from the Department of Plant Sciences, and aims to further our understanding of the scientific and social dimensions of agricultural practices and of food-related objects as carriers of human knowledge.

Conversations will be audio-visually recorded and transcribed, and objects photographed to create a series of feature articles, podcasts, videos, a public photography exhibition, and an edited book. It is hoped that discussions will help academics from very different backgrounds better to understand each other, communicate across disciplinary boundaries, and gain more holistic perspectives on their research. The project is anticipated to generate novel ideas and enthusiasm for new cross-disciplinary collaborations to emerge. In addition, Objects is designed to extend conversations about food security to a larger public audience and thereby contribute to public awareness and discussion of the food security challenge.

For more information, or if you are interested in getting involved in the project, please contact: Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya ( or Jacqueline Garget.

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