Imagining Alternatives with Feasts for the Future

Feasts for the Future is part of an AHRC funded project exploring the imagination of alternative presents and better futures.

Achieving a better future society can often seem impossible, a hopeless dream. But what elements of that future are already around us and just waiting to be brought forward, seized and shared? 

Feasts for the Future explores how communal meals might act as one way of bringing elements of a ‘utopian’ future into our shared present. This website records how a collection of communities in Devon, England, went about holding a series of ‘Feasts’ which also had, at their heart, the collective imagining of a better future. It will also continue to provide a collection of resources which might inspire or support anyone who is intrigued by the idea of turning an everyday meal into a utopian event, or ‘feast for the future’.

Project lead: Dr David Sergeant

Research Assistant: Anastasia Somerville-Wong

Make an everyday meal a ‘Feast for the Future’ 

Talk – think – eat – laugh – drink …Turning an everyday meal into a ‘Feast for the Future’ can be as simple as deciding to do it and then just working it out as you go, and seeing where you end up. But for those who are interested, this site collects together a series of originally commissioned pieces from people with a wide variety of expertise and experience, on the broad theme of turning an everyday meal into a utopian feast. Contributors range from a best-selling novelist to a world-leading utopian sociologist, from a chef-scientist to an anthropologist, from a historian to an archaeologist, from experts in philosophy and landscape architecture to scholars of communications and urbanism – and more. So read on, to gain some food for thought that is fit for a better future!

Discover how you can make a Feast for the Future 


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