PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
- Economy, work and development
- Food and food movements
- Latin America
- Environment, Sustainability and Society
- Gender and Women's Studies
- International Development Studies
- BA, University of Toronto
- MA, PhD, New School for Social Research
Elizabeth Fitting is an anthropologist who researches the culture and political economy of food and agrarian livelihoods in relation to rural migration and displacement in the Americas. Her ethnography The Struggle for Maize looks at contested notions of agricultural efficiency, risk and culture in the Mexican debates about genetically engineered corn imports under NAFTA. The book also explores the effects of such imports and policy on a community of indigenous migrants and maize farmers, and the ways neoliberalism is constituted and experienced through gender, race, class and generational differences. Dr. Fitting has also researched seed regulations and activism in Mexico and Colombia as well as post-revolutionary irrigation management in the Tehuacán Valley, Mexico, where rural subjectivities were remade through violent conflict and demands on the state for water rights. She has started two new research projects: one on the social reproduction of Jamaican and Mexican agricultural workers, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024), and another on the global political economy of Nova Scotia’s local food movement, with Dr. Catherine Bryan and Dr. Karen Foster, and in collaboration with the Mobile Lives Forum.
Liz’s ongoing research and teaching interests focus on: Food justice; Transnational migration; GMOs and biotechnology in agriculture; Seed activism and regulation; Agrarian livelihoods and development; Culture and political economy; Commodity studies and globalization.
She is an Advisory Board member for Antípoda: Journal of Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, an International Advisory Board member for the Journal of Peasant Studies and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab.
- 2018. "Genetically Modified Crops and the Remaking of Latin America’s Food Landscape” in eds. Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco, Food and Place: A Critical Exploration. Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 52-66.
- Gutiérrez Escobar, L., and Fitting, E. 2016 The Red de Semillas Libres: Contesting Biohegemony in Colombia. Journal of Agrarian Change, doi: 10.1111/joac.12161.
- 2016 “From working the farm to fast food and back again: Rural Mexicans in the Neoliberal Food System” in eds. Meredith Abarca and Consuelo Salas, Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry: Changing How We Think about Food University of Arkansas Press. Pp. 77-100.
- 2014 “Cultures of Corn and anti-GM activism in Mexico and Colombia” in (eds) Carole Counihan and Valeria Siniscalchi, Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy. Berg.
- 2012 Japanese translation of The Struggle for Maize, with new preface. Translator: Minoru Satomi. Nobunkyo, Rural Culture Association.
- 2011 The Struggle for Maize: Campesinos, Workers, and Transgenic Corn in the Mexican Countryside, Duke University Press.
- 2007 “‘Más sangre que agua’: Reclamos al estado en el Valle de Tehuacán” [‘More blood than water’: Claims on the State in the southern Tehuacan Valley] in (ed) Francisco Gómez Carpentiero, Paisajes Mexicanos de la Reforma Agraria: Homenaje a William Roseberry. Colegio de Michoacán.