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COMMENSALITY & EMANCIPATION

Fall 2019.

Written in the context of a senior level class in the Design Arts Bachelors at Concordia University, this research essay aimed to contribute to the broader culture of design knowledge and to recapitulate as well as elaborate upon the ideas I found most poignant in my degree. Commensality & Emancipation is a personal investigation into the systemic issues of neoliberal capitalism and the potential of critical, socially-engaged design in food systems. I bring together ideas of ‘social infrastructure’, ‘commensality’ and ‘food sovereignty’ with social justice, alternative economies and anti-capitalism in mind.


The design of the essay alludes to the aesthetic of corporate food marketing schemes through colour and symbolism.

See PDF here.