How to Make a Just Food Future: Alternative Foodways for a Changing World

University of Sheffield, UK, 8th-10th July 2019
Sponsored by the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG), the University of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield Research Institute for Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF).

Conference website:
https://justfoodfutures2019.wordpress.com

Over 2.5 days, the conference will include practitioner- academic- artist -governance panels, paper sessions, field visits, creative responses and more. We are very pleased to announce Professor Julian Agyeman, from Tufts University as our keynote speaker, plus interventions from Gary Stott (Incredible Edible) and Barbara Benish, internationally recognised artist, environmental campaigner and farmer. ‘How to Make a Just Food Future’ draws on FGWG members’ Participatory and Action Research connections with food partnerships local to Sheffield and from across the UK, as well as with UK wide bodies addressing current food issues, from food surplus redistribution to post-Brexit UK food production and much more. Drawing on ideas of social justice, care, political ecologies, translocality, intersectionality and the role of non-humans to offer timely and innovative interventions, it will develop spaces for collaboration and conversation in which to imagine socially just food futures and map out the personal and collective journeys that are needed to reach them.

We invite you to submit papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Concepts of justice in the context of food
  • Food access, exclusions and alternative food supplies
  • Food waste and procurement
  • Partnerships in food systems
  • Civic Food
  • Food cultures, relationships and identities
  • Food governance and the politics of choice
  • Community gardening/production
  • Food activism
  • Food policy and policy contexts
  • Conventional and alternative food networks
  • Sustainability/resilience of food systems
  • Changing food geographies
  • How to practise food justice

Contributions are welcome from a range of areas across and beyond geography, including engagements from outside academia.

Organizers: Mags Adams (University of Central Lancashire), Megan Blake (University of Sheffield), Agatha Herman (Cardiff University), Suzanne Hocknell (University of Newcastle), Moya Kneafsey (Coventry University), Ana Moragues Faus (Cardiff University), Emma Roe (University of Southampton), Rebecca Sandover (University of Exeter), Charlotte Spring (University of Sheffield) and Rebecca St. Clair (Manchester Metropolitan University). 

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Agatha Herman (HermanA@cardiff.ac.uk) by Friday 3rd May 2019.

Conference registration is free, but places are limited to 100 delegates.

General registration will open shortly – details to follow.

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