Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is a freelance researcher, author and journalist living in Berlin. She works as a consultant in the field of urban agriculture and offers guided tours to the wide range of garden projects in Berlin, relying on her expertise and experience as a well-known “garden activist”.
After having received her doctorate degree in philosophy 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, often without pay) at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. Currently 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 recent 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; English translation is still missing). 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. An English version of one of her latest publications is available here: Common Ground or the Comeback tof The Commons
Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is one of the founders of the project Allmende-Kontor, which aims to introduce more urban agriculture to Berlin (cf. www.allmende-kontor.de). She has also worked for years in the Berlin gardening activist scene. She has organised three international conferences on small-scale agriculture and community gardening.
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. Last but not least she is one of the founders of the “Allmende-Kontor” on the former airport of Tempelhof.
Read more here: Tour: Urban Agriculture in Berlin, Working Group „Small-Scale Farming and Gardens“ abstracts, Stiftung Interkultur-Oldenburg Kloster Blankenburg, Stiftung Interkultur-Oldenburg Kreyenbrueck, Stiftung Interkultur-Oldenburg Bloherfelde.
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