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HUMSS - Julia Torrie

Julia Torrie
Contemporary European History
St. Thomas University, Canada

Frozen Food and Empire: An Introduction
When Nov 28, 2022
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where FRIAS Seminar Room
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Attendees Universitätsoffen / open to university members
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Frozen Food and Empire: An Introduction


Julia Torrie’s presentation will explore connections between industrial freezing and imperialism from the 1890’s through the 1970’s.  Using a long time-frame and applying a wide geography reveals that prioritizing empire-building motivated the spread of freezing, and the diffusion of freezing enabled empire.  Freezing offers a window into political, economic and cultural rivalries and shifting global power relations at a time when formal, political ties were increasingly being replaced by economic and resource-based imperialism.  More broadly, this research contributes to understanding the roots of ongoing power imbalances between areas often thought of as peripheral, where agricultural products are produced and frozen, and metropoles, where they are typically consumed.

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Torrie - Frozen Food and National Socialist Expansionism