Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is a freelance author and journalist and Privatdozentin for Sociology living in Berlin. She works in the field of urban agriculture and small scale agriculture and changing food systems and offers as well some time guided tours to the wide range of community garden projects in Berlin, relying on her expertise and experience as a well-known “garden activist”.
After having received her doctorate degree with a book about the foundings of the first women´s movement at the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University), she wrote her second book „The Porridge Debate“ on changing eating habits. She became a Privatdozentin for sociology (extraordinary member of the faculty) at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. She is teaching in Berlin as well as at other universities in Germany and abroad. The topics of her research and writings include the history of food cultures, agriculture in a globalized world, urban agriculture, community gardening, as well as women and gender studies.
Among her publications on urban agriculture is a study on community gardening in New York City „Unter dem Müll der Acker – Community Gardens in New York City“ (Beneath the Garbage the Field). She also co-edited a book on the globalization of European universities. Some of her essays and articles are published on her website, as well as information about current presentations, projects and Fotos. During her time at the Humboldt University has organised three international conferences on small-scale agriculture and community gardening. An English version of one of her latest publications was published on the title: „Common Ground or the Comeback tof The Commons.“
Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is one of the founders of the community garden Allmende-Kontor on the former airport of Tempelhof, which aims to introduce more urban agriculture to Berlin – as one of the founder of the scene of gardening activists: She helped to found the intercultural garden in the new inner city park Gleisdreieck in Berlin near the Potsdamer Platz as well as in Oldenburg in Oldenburg.
Community gardening in Berlin and New York: A new eco-social movement,
in: André Viljoen, Katrin Bohn, Eds, Second Nature Urban Agriculture, London, Routlegde, 2014, S. 146-154
Dietetics, Health Reform and Social Order: Vegetarianism as a Moral Physiology at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. The Example of Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867-1939)
together with Albert Wirz, in: Medical History, 43.1999, 323-341 medical history
The Porridge Debate – Grain, Nutrition and Forgotten Food Preparation Techniques
in: „Food and Foodways – Exploration in the history and culture of human nourishment“, vol. 5/1991, 95-120
The Bremen Morality Scandal
in: When Biology Became Destiny – Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany, ed. by Renate Bridenthal, Atina Grossmann and Marion Kaplan, New York, Monthly Review Press, l984, 87-108