CFP: RGS-IBG AC17: “The cultural geographies of new food”

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.

We seek papers which explore themes related to the cultural geographies of new food, broadly conceived. Contributions may be theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological. Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):
 – How cultural, geographic, political-economic and other factors are mobilised in order to position foods as ‘new’, or new foods as edible
 – The contingencies and co-dependencies affecting the production, distribution and consumption of new foods
 – Questions of power and capital in relation to new foods
 – The social consequences of efforts to introduce new foods
 – The materialities and geographies of new foods
 – Public acceptance of new foods or food technologies
 – The biopolitics of new foods
 – The (in)applicability of existing theoretical engagements with food to the study of new foods
 – ‘Creation myths’ associated with new foods
 – Interrogation of what it means for food to be ‘new’
 – Methodological issues relating to the geographical study of new foods
Friedberg, S. (2003). Not all sweetness and light: new cultural geographies of food. Social and Cultural Geography (4)1, 3-6.
Session format: 4-5 presentations of 15-20 minutes, depending on submissions.
Please send abstracts of up to 250 words, along with a paper title and full contact details of all authors/presenters, to Jonas House ( and Alexandra Sexton ( by February 8th 2017. We aim to notify everyone by February 10th 2017.

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