Interdisciplinary research grant awarded by The Commons

LAWRENCE – The Commons, a partnership at the University of Kansas that encourages cross-disciplinary research and learning, has awarded $14,300 in the Fall 2012 round of its Interdisciplinary Seed Grant.

Paul V. Stock, KU Department of Sociology; Tim Miller, KU Department of Religious Studies; Kelly Kindscher, Kansas Biological Survey and KU Department of Environmental Studies; Kate Meyer, Spencer Museum of Art; The KU Center for the Study of Science Fiction; Christopher Rosin, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, New Zealand; Michael Carolan, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University; and Zsusa Gille and Grant Shoffstall, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois were awarded $14,300 to initiate their study, “Food Utopias: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Ideal Food Systems.” 

Their research will examine the growing global challenge to feed humans and responses to it. This team of researchers seeks to develop a model for what a food utopia would look like, using critiques and successes of the many sustainable food systems that are currently in place. Its preliminary goal is to develop this discussion into a plan for an imagined ideal food system that takes advantage of the technology and alternative practices available to food growers and distributors. From there, the researchers will apply for more funds to continue their research on a larger scale.

The Commons is a collaboration of the Biodiversity Institute, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Spencer Museum of Art. Its mission is to bring together scholars and students from the sciences, humanities and arts to explore the reciprocal relationships between natural and cultural systems. Interdisciplinary Seed Grants were made possible through the support of KU Research and Graduate Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.