CFP: Urban Food Justice & the Refugee ‘Crisis’: RGS-IBG London 2016

Jen Bagelman (UBC), Gerry Pratt (UBC), Vicki Squire (Warwick).
Session sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group.

To think carefully about the intensifying refugee ‘crisis’ many have argued that we must think carefully about the urban (Darling, 2015; Sanyal, 2014). Worldwide, millions of refugees and displaced people have been resettled in urban centers (UNHCR, 2009). Meanwhile, given protracted conflict, temporary camps are becoming permanent, densely inhabited homes that resemble cities (Hyndman, 2011; Sanyal, 2014). In the context of what might be described as an increasingly urban refugee crisis-condition, this session examines the question of food justice. In particular, this session asks: how is emergency food provisioning enacted, governed and contested in urban spaces? We invite papers that address, but are not restricted to, the following:

*How emergent urban responses challenge charity food aid frameworks.
*Intersectional approaches that trace how urban food justice movements both entrench and exceed inequities (of class, gender, race, age, ‘host’/’recipient’)
*The nexus between diverse forms and scales of governance (ie. statism, volunteerism, governmentality).
*Spatio-temporality of food provisioning, particularly: the relationship between short-term ‘emergency’ food responses and longer-term (sustainable) solutions.
*Methods that unearth situated knowledges and affective geographies of food provisioning from the perspective of people moving under precarious conditions.
*Experimental and improvised urban governance of water-energy-food in the context of the refugee crisis.

Please e-mail abstracts (250 words max) with full details to:
 Jen Bagelman before Friday 5th February 2016.

Cook, I. et al. 2013. ‘Food’s cultural geographies: texture, creativity and publics,’ in N. Johnson, R. Schein and J. Winders eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography. Oxford: Blackwell: 343-354.

Darling, J. 2015. ‘View from Europe: How cities are key to refugee policy.’

Haraway, D. J. 1988. ‘Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective.’ Feminist Studies 14(3): 575-599.

Hyndman, J. ‘A Refugee Camp Conundrum’ Refuge, 28(2): 7-15, 2011.

Kindon, S., Pain, R. & Kesby, M. 2007. Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation and Place. London: Routledge.

Leck, H., Conway, D., Bradshaw, M. and Rees, J. 2015. ‘Tracing the water-energy-food nexus: description, theory and practice.’ Geography Compass 9/8: 445-46

Sanyal, R. 2014. ‘Urbanizing Refuge: Interrogating Spaces of Displacement,’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38(2): 558-572.

Staeheli, L.A., Ehrkamp, P., Leitner, H. & Nagel, C.R. 2012. ‘Dreaming the Ordinary: Daily Life and the Complex Geographies of Citizenship.’ Progress in Human Geography. 36:628-644.

Squire, V. 2011. The Contested Politics of Mobility: Borderzones and Irregularity. Abingdon: Routledge.

UNHCR, Refugee Agency. Policy on refugee protection and solutions in urban areas. September 2009.

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