Carina Truyts

Hi, (woman identifying) Carina here. I work at the newly established Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, where I lecture in social anthropology. I care about nourishment. This started based on my interest in food and cooking, but grew to include context-specific care and the ‘good life’. I ask how nourishment is impeded or shaped and grown in precarious circumstances, how discourses and norms shape nourishment, and how interdisciplinary conversations and interventions can help foster nourishment. At the moment, I’m working hard at developing new anthropology courses and programme, and writing based on my nourishment MA research that steps off from public health, DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) and epigenetic findings that frame the ‘first thousand days’ as a crucial window of interventions. I am embarking on a project that studies the links between NCDs and food systems, and hope to establish a self-sustaining community-based intervention with that project. The health activism sector I feel most comfortable in is public health and food and land rights.

I want to keep studying, teaching, growing, learning and finding ways to bring the good life to everyone in South Africa.