Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series

Dairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

2023-09-12 12:002023-09-12 13:00Asia/Hong_KongDairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
Dairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

Dr. Nicolo Ludovice
Lecturer
Department of History
HKU

Date/Time: September 12, 2023 (12:30 pm HK time)
Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong or via Zoom
Language: English
Enquiry: (Email) ihss@hku.hk

    2023-09-12 12:002023-09-12 13:00Asia/Hong_KongDairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

    Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
    Dairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

    Dr. Nicolo Ludovice
    Lecturer
    Department of History
    HKU

    Date/Time: September 12, 2023 (12:30 pm HK time)
    Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong or via Zoom
    Language: English
    Enquiry: (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Dairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

      Speaker:

      Dr. Nicolo Ludovice (Lecturer, Department of History, HKU)

      Date/Time:

      September 12, 2023, 12:30 - 1:30 pm (HK time)

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      Title:

      Dairying Dependence: Dairy Industrialization and Ecological Change during the Postwar Philippine Republic

      Speaker:

      Dr. Nicolo Ludovice (Lecturer, Department of History, HKU)

      Date/Time:

      September 12, 2023, 12:30 - 1:30 pm (HK time)

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      Abstract

      This paper examines the rise of canned evaporated milk and its subsequent impact on the ecologies during the postwar Philippines. Initially used as an infant food during the American colonial administration, the evaporated milk was also popular amongst children and adults. Against the backdrop of a newly-independent country in 1946, developing a stronger local dairy industry was seen as an exercise of economic independence. By using a multiscalar analysis, this chapter argues how the expansion of the evaporated milk production intensified ecological change on the national, domestic, and environmental levels. It traces the development of the local dairy industry with the establishment of the first milk processing plants. The promotion of the evaporated filled milk, which included coconut oil as a substitute for butterfat cream, permitted more households to afford milk. Ecological changes co-evolved with dairy industrialization which included the introduction of animal breeds and plant species, new animal and plant diseases, expansion of plantations to inland forests, and use of synthetic chemicals. In doing so, the paper also considers issues surrounding the global dairy food regime and their impact on environmental, animal, and human health.

      About the Speaker

      Nicolo Paolo P. Ludovice is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Public Policy, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also a lecturer at the Department of History at The University of Hong Kong, where he completed his PhD in History in 2021. His doctoral project investigated the history of animals in medicine and health in the nineteenth- and the twentieth-century Philippines. He is the recipient of the Wang Gungwu Prize for Research Postgraduate Students by the University of Hong Kong (2022) and the prestigious Young Historian’s Prize 2022 by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Republic of the Philippines.

      His research interests broadly cover environmental history (with focus on animals, health, and disease ecology), the history of science, technology, and medicine (with focus on biomedicine, public health, and zoonoses), food history, and health-environmental humanities, with the Philippines as his geographical focus. He has taught courses on the global histories of animals, food and empire, Philippine history, modern Southeast Asia, and digital games. Some of his works can be found at Society & Animals, Global Food History, and East Asian Science and Technology Studies. His full profile can be found here: http://nludovice.com.

      Sandwiches and light refreshments will be served for registered participants attending the Seminar in person.

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