Here is the most recent list of sessions sponsored (or co-sponsored) by Food Geographies WG RGS-IBG for the RGS-IBG AC 2017.
At the RGS IBG webpage (click here) you can find a full list of advertised calls for sessions, papers and posters for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017.
Convened by: Charlie Spring, University of Salford
Sponsored by: Food Geographies Working Group
2016’s conference saw a pair of sessions discussing reflexivity, political engagement and related issues in the doing of food research, aimed primarily at postgraduate and early career researchers. This year we’d like to extend this discussion to a session exploring the 2017 conference theme. It aims to draw out some of the dynamics of power, oppression and coloniality that many of us encounter in our research into food and the systems of its production, consumption and wastage. Specifically, we invite reflection into the research ‘gaze’ and the researcher’s role, and its potential to reproduce the very oppressions and omissions it may seek to reveal and even counter.This session will provide a safe and gentle space for such reflection.
Sponsored by Coastal and Marine Research Group & Food Geographies Working Group
Convened by Carole White (University of East Anglia, UK)
Global seafood production continues to increase every year with an ever-growing proportion coming from aquaculture in the Global South. Eating fish is promoted to consumers as a healthy (low fat, high protein and omega 3) and environmentally friendly food choice (lower carbon footprint). However, concerns including overfishing and environmental damage have increasingly led to demands for ethical seafood sourcing standards by consumers and retailers in the Global North. The number of labelling schemes has grown over the last few decades, with marked differences in standards including ethical concerns over labour use, animal and human health, biodiversity loss and ecosystem conservation. Although certification and other schemes aimed at changing consumer behaviour are often heralded as the path towards achieving sustainable and resilient food supply chains, little research exists on whether such schemes help to achieve improved outcomes for the environment, or justice for those working in food production. The development of ethical food schemes has in some cases placed high demands on small scale producers, particularly in the Global South exacerbating inequality and leading to injustice in some of the poorest parts of the world. Continue reading
Sponsored by FGWG & RGRG
Convened by Gareth Enticott (Cardiff University, UK) & Damian Maye (University of Gloucerstershire, UK)
Brexit poses the most significant challenge to the future of rural areas of Great Britain. In the short term, Brexit has highlighted the reliance of the food system on cheap migrant labour and the complex ways we are connected to Europe (market, regulation and policy links in relation to farming, food supply and trade, for example). Longer term, decisions and choices will be made on systems of rural development, agricultural subsidies and ecosystem services.
In this session we invite papers that engage with the rural impact of Brexit: what are its immediate social and economic impacts? What are the key rural policy and governance impacts? What do we know and not know about the impact of Brexit to agriculture, food and rural society? What kinds of rural geographies and futures does Brexit offer? What are the implications of Brexit in terms of research agendas and knowledge generation? And what is the value of rural geography and its expertise in a post-Brexit world? Continue reading
CFP: RGS–IBG Annual International Conference 2017: Decolonizing geographical knowledges, London, 29 August to 1 September.
Sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group.
Food is fundamental to human life everywhere, not only in terms of biology but also in terms of society and culture. In recent years, scholarship on food has grown dramatically as researchers explore how what we grow, buy, cook and eat illuminates many other social dynamics including power relations, deeply-held beliefs, and intimate relationships. Geographers especially have noted that our food systems also shape the places in which we live and how we imagine them, but the complex connections between food and place in the global South, and specifically in Africa, are poorly understood. Given that the African continent is urbanising about twice as fast as most other world regions, and given also that discourses on food in Africa continue to be dominated by rural imaginaries and narratives of production, it is critical that we develop a robust understanding of the dynamics driving the ways in which urban citizens source, eat, and think about their food. This session aims to explore both how food might illuminate broader urban processes, and how the spaces of the city shape the ways in which food is distributed, sold, bought and consumed. With an explicitly decolonial lens, the session also aims critically to interrogate the dominance of food theories emerging from the global North and to generate a vibrant conversation about the value that ‘Southern theory’ may add to emerging debates on food.
Sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group.
Session organiser: Christine Barnes, King’s College London.
There has been a recent and rapid rise in ‘clean eating’, diets defined as much by what they exclude as what is eaten. ‘Wellness’ is promoted through eating more ‘natural’, unprocessed foods and related lifestyle changes. Cutting out gluten, sugar, dairy, or meat is encouraged, even for those without allergies, with claims to health, wellbeing, ethical, and environmental benefits. Yet there is growing criticism of the lack of scientific evidence of these claims, the dominance of ‘non-expert’ voices, and the high cost of ingredients. Such forms of diet and lifestyle are deeply classed and gendered, often including moralising rhetoric about the right way to eat while simultaneously creating new economies to serve clean eating devotees. Continue reading
RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2017: ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges’. London, 29th August 2017-1st September 2017
Session Convenor: Regina Hansda (Independent Early Career Researcher)
Session Sponsor: The Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG)
In the recent scholarship on alternative food movement, questions of race and class—essentially the production and reproduction of ‘whiteness’ has been raised in the context of organic farming in the global North (Guthman, 2008). Within the broad spectrum of alternative agro-food scholarship, whether large or small-scale, corporate-mediated or community-supported, rural or urban agriculture, what invariably gets inadequate attention is the gendered dimensions of some of these practices. This session aims to understand how conventional framings or local-global discourse implicate, as well as render invisible racialised, gendered bodies that produce food through methods and techniques, which fall within ‘sustainable’, ‘ethical’ food and farming practices. Some of the other questions that this session aims to understand are: in what way some of the embodied, gendered, racialised experiences same or different in the context of global North and global South? How can some of these insights help in extending the food justice/labour geography/ ‘ethical’ food practices debates? Continue reading
RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2017: ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges’. London, 29th August 2017-1st September
Session Co-Convened /Co-Sponsored : The Food Geographies Working Group and Rural Geography Research Group
Session Convenors: Eifiona Thomas Lane and Rebecca Jones (Prifysgol Bangor University)
Abstract : This two part session, framed around the tensions between rural production and consumption, naturally merges areas of current debate and concern across both traditional rural interests and emerging food geographies globally. The sessions will facilitate a broad interdisciplinary exploration of food from and within rural spaces and places, diversity and differences in experiences and knowledge of inaccessible, insecure and unaffordable food and paths towards enabling sufficiency and localised food (and drink?) justice. Continue reading
RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London: 29 August – 1 September 2017
Sponsor: Food Geographies Working Group
Convenors: Jonas House (University of Sheffield) & Alexandra Sexton (King’s College London)
The ‘new cultural geographies of food’ (Friedberg, 2003) have yielded fruitful theoretical and methodological engagements with the complicated matter of food, but relatively little work has engaged with the cultural geographies of new food in particular.
‘New’ foods are multifaceted: they could include those which, although established in particular places, are newly introduced elsewhere; they could be repositioned or remodelled versions of foods that are either relatively familiar or culturally unusual (e.g. the examples of avocado and insects respectively in the UK); or they could be in a sense completely new, having arisen out of the culinary application of recent biotechnological developments (e.g. cultured meat). New foods may arise, inter alia, as a ‘sustainability fix’, a corollary of capitalist expansion, or as a result of migration.