This session looks at famine: we go from the microcosm of malnutrition to the macrocosm of economies of food and aid. Have a look the readings with a view to asking: ?Are we likely to ever see an end to famine? ?What roles do aid and development (I’m thinking abut the dichotomy – false or not depending on your views! – between humanitarian assistance and development) play in relieving famine? ?What are the causes of famine and, of course, the corresponding, Foucaultian question, what are the benefits & functions of famine? ?Celebrity engagement with hunger – Bob Geldof and Band Aid to 50 Cent. What do we think? If you’re interested in addressing this please do try to go beyond the obvious. I hope this won’t seem patronizing but there is little of real interest in the vast volumes of commentary on this subject so we should try to add something worthwhile Answer in 300 words!