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Zayaan Khan

From seed-as-object to seed-as-relation

This research uses seed bill hearings and policy readings of the Plant Breeders Rights Act and the Plant Improvement Act to understand government and corporate views through interviews and parliamentary debates. These systems of power, the legal recognition of seed, create a specific way of knowing and ultimately influences our cultural relation to seed. The research explores Seed as Power, Seed as Commons and Seed as Story to investigate how to reclaim seed from the systems of power and strengthen its development within the urban environment. 

Zayaan is from Cape Town and works to understand nuances within food systems by navigating them from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her research is embedded in land and food justice – from indigenous food reclamation to art as a tool for narrative – specifically to find ways to share stories, both of struggle and solution.