Feeding Regions: Turning Plans into Action

Manchester Metropolitan University and Oldham Council have been working together to help support the sustainable food agenda in Greater Manchester. We would like to invite you to our event ‘Feeding Regions: Turning plans into action’ to showcase what has already been achieved and to ask you for further input to help shape the next steps.

The event will take place at the People’s History Museum on Wednesday 23rd October and we will be joined by our international partners who will share their own approaches to improving regional policy and supporting more sustainable food systems.

The day will include presentations covering issues including Greater Manchester’s commitments through the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and recent developments in food policy at a national and EU level. We invite delegates to work with us to help turn plans into action through a series of parallel interactive workshops that will focus on key areas including:

  • Getting Food Growing: developing large scale projects to transform urban growing
  • Making the Business Case: supporting food businesses to adopt more sustainable practices
  • Working Together: collaborative strategies to make food better in our city-regions

We really value your input and the event is free to attend, supported by the Food Chains 4EU project and the Interreg Europe Programme.

Please register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feeding-regions-turning-plans-into-action-tickets-73576365891 

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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.

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Local food systems and local economic democracy: a framework for delivering food security? (PhD studentship)

On your attention an opportunity to do a PhD with Dr Mags Adams, Prof Mark Dooris and Dr Ursula Pool based in the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, at UCLan in Preston, UK. We have a fully funded DTA studentship (https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/programmes-and-projects/#social), funded through the DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme (https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/). The research will take place in Preston, UK and in Patna, India where Prof Pushpendra will support the fieldwork: http://www.tiss.edu/centrefacultystaff/centre-for-development-practice-and-research/.   

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CFP—You Are What You Post: Food and Instagram

Call for papers — You Are What You Post: Food and Instagram

Emily Contois

In the beginning, critics pegged Instagram as the site for polaroid-shaped pictures of brunch and babies. Its presumedwhiteness, feminization, and superficial consumerism have been slow to draw sustained scholarly attention compared with Facebook and Twitter, despite the fact that by mid-2018, the image-based social media platform had topped one billion users worldwide. Now an extensive and heterogeneous visual ecosystem, Instagram’s unique relations between food and media—and the broader cultural significance of these dynamics—warrant critical scrutiny.

How does the “social photography” (Manovich 2014) of Instagram mediate ideas about food, eating, health, and nutrition? How does food intersect with diverse performances of identity, including celebrity, in the digital vernacular of posting photos with significant frequency? Considering more than 70% of American businesses are estimated to engage with the platform, how does the visual economy of Instagram participate in and reshape food and restaurant brand development and marketing? How does Instagram’s rapid…

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Workshop: Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition, UKRI GCRF Collective Programme

08 March 2019, Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BE  

This workshop is the first part of an interdisciplinary programme which will support the development of international research partnerships focussed on the intersection of culture, history, and society with all stages of the food systems chain, from production through to consumption and policy, in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

The Programme aims to contribute to the development of the GCRF Food Systems challenge portfolio as a part of the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme. It is designed to be a part of a challenge-led, internationally collaborative and interdisciplinary programme delivered by UK Research and Innovation and steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders. Whilst the AHRC is leading on this programme, it is intended to support cross-disciplinary working and applicants from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to participate.

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From disruptive to emancipatory politics: transforming food governance

Session convenors:
Ana Moragues Faus, Cardiff University (MoraguesFausA1@cardiff.ac.uk)
Terry Marsden, Cardiff University (MarsdenTK@cardiff.ac.uk)

Current political events – from raise of nationalistic and populist movements to the growth of support for post-colonial, feminist and anti-austerity perspectives – present a rupture with managerial and the so-called post-democratic politics [1–3]. The food system embodies this highly politicised arena which, to date, still results in increasing levels of food poverty and health inequality, environmental degradation and increasing concentration of power [4–6]. For example in Europe, policy synergies between a private-interest governance regime and a corporatist EU state-based regulatory regime coexist with an ever-growing number of alternative food networks and food justice movements [7–9]. These fragmented governance landscapes require deeper examination to understand how current disruptive events – in the form of multiple crises, Brexit, social mobilisations or creative destruction events – can be harnessed into more emancipatory politics.

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Is food sovereignty a feminist practice? Interrogating the gender dimensions of food sovereignty

Convenors
Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Annette.desmarais@umanitoba.ca)
Rita Calvário, Center of Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. (ritamcalvario@gmail.com)

Gender equality/equity is a critical element of the theory, discourse and practice of food sovereignty. Indeed, in this approach “women’s rights are non-negotiable” (Patel 2009). Yet, there is a considerable research gap on the gendered dimensions of food sovereignty (Agarwal 2014; Masson et al. 2017). This session will interrogate the role of food sovereignty in transforming social relations by analyzing if and how food sovereignty — as an on-going process of food system transformation (Schiavoni 2017) and feminist practice (Masson et al. 2017) — helps creates a “deep egalitarianism” (Menser 2008) that confronts unequal power relations, structures and processes, based on sex, race, patriarchy and class.

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Sponsored sessions at RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019

The call for papers on Food Geographies Working Group sponsored sessions is now open. Here is an overview of all the session we are supporting at this year's conference. You will find more details on each call for papers by clicking on the title of the session. Any inquiries should be directed to responsible session conveners.  
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Transforming Agricultural Learning: from troubled pasts to pedagogies of hope

Session Conveners
Hannah Pitt (PittH2@cardiff.ac.uk)
Alice Taherzadeh (TaherzadehA@cardiff.ac.uk)
Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University.

Any hope of sustainable food futures requires suitable systems of education and training to support agricultural production. Traditional state-led agricultural extension has received declining public investment, and been criticised for failing to address the needs of sustainable, alternative, localised agricultural practices. The agricultural knowledge base in Europe is also troubled by an aging farmer population, and lack of new entrants. However, community food and farming models, organisations, and unions are attracting a new generation interested in sustainable production, and enhancing their knowledge through horizontal or place-based learning. Innovative pedagogical approaches include popular and political education, those inspired by indigenous cultures, use of online platforms and open-source knowledge models. These sessions focus on actors hoping for sustainable, just, regenerative agricultural practices, and their learning practices. We are interested in case studies and theoretical perspectives which shed light on the challenges around learning in the context of agricultural production, and potential solutions.

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