Milk and Whiteness

Thursday 9th June

Take a fresh look at milk and its associations with purity, whiteness and the politics of diet and nutrition


Join us for a panel discussion exploring milk’s associations with purity and whiteness and the racialised politics of diet and nutrition.

Long held to be the cornerstone of good nutrition, milk is entangled with histories of nationalism, empire and food inequality. What can a closer look at milk tell us about the ideas and forces that have shaped our global food systems?

You’ll hear different perspectives from our speakers and then have the chance to share your thoughts, ask questions or just listen.

You are booking a ticket to attend this event in-venue at Wellcome Collection. This event will be simultaneously live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel. If you would prefer to join online instead, please book an ‘online’ ticket on our website.

About your speakers

Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp

Johanna is Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on the different ways in which nations, institutions and individuals navigate ethical borderlands surrounding the ways in which colonialism is both remembered and structurally embedded in the present.

Fozia Isamil

Fozia is a scholar, cook and founder of Arawelo Eats, a platform for exploring politics, identity and colonialism through East African food. She has worked with a range of cultural institutions on exploring food and empire including BBC Radio 4, London School of Economics, Tate Modern, National Trust and Bristol Old Vic.

Andrea Freeman

Andrea Freeman is Professor of Law and Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. She is a Fulbright King’s College London Research Scholar currently doing research on food oppression in the UK. She is the author of ‘Ruin Their Crops on the Ground’ (forthcoming 2023) and ‘Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice’ (2019). She writes and researches at the intersection of critical race theory and food policy, health, and consumer credit, with a special interest in the whiteness of milk.


Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee a place on the day. Doors usually open 15 minutes before an event starts and we advise arriving before the scheduled start time to claim a place. We hold some spaces for people with access requirements. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you would like to come along, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.


This event will have live speech-to-text transcription for visitors who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. If you would like to come along, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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