CALL FOR PAPERS – SPECIAL ISSUE: Eating in the Anthropocene: Learning the practice and ethics of food politics

This special issue calls into question: How is learning about/of food relevant to transformative ethical practice? How might we approach multifaceted food issues and political projects (e.g., animal ethics and environmental ethics, to name a couple) through different ways of learning and knowing about food, and different food practices? How might we understand the world in ways that can engender transgression or difference as a counterpolitics to particular food behaviours in the production, distribution and consumption of food? Are there practices of teaching that catalyse a different ethics and/or practice of food? In what ways can new food knowledge transform societies, subjectivities, and ways of organizing? Continue reading

Workshop: ‘Food, Justice and Food Justice for All’, University of Birmingham at Edgbaston.

The food systems of the globe are undergoing upheaval as are the natural and political systems of the planet that supports them. It is reflected in the concerns shown across the wide variety of organisations which make up the Food Movements of Britain.

In order to register your interest in attending, please complete the form below. Places are limited and we will operate on a first come first served basis mindful of the need to keep the space diverse. We will close this form on Monday June 12th at midnight.

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Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration

The Baltic Studies Centre, in cooperation with the Latvian Academy of Culture, is organising the scientific and practical conference “Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration”. The conference will be held in Riga, Latvia, on 13-14 October 2017. The organisers invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers exploring the diversity of food practices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2017

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FGWG Writing Workshop – Information and Registration Form

— deadline extended till 30 April 2017—-

Dear FGWG members,

We’re glad to announce that the Food Geographies Working Group has been awarded funds from the RGS-IBG to hold a one-day writing workshop at Bangor University on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017. The workshop will involve a submitting written piece by 30th June, to the organisers. Each submission will be read by two peers, and each person submitting will read two other submissions, giving comments by 20th August. The aim is for us to help each other develop our writing in a supportive atmosphere and the workshop will provide space for reworking your piece based on the feedback you have received. As well as manuscript drafts for journal publication, thesis chapters and funding proposals are welcome.

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2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference

This September 15-17 in Portland, Oregon, the University of Oregon will host 2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference.

Jacques Abelman, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, is leading a working group that may be of interest to scholars in the AESOP Food Planning community.

This working group will explore a fundamental shift in urban agriculture based on a model of productive urban ecologies, and specifically the notion of landscape infrastructure at the intersection of the spatial, social, and ecological. This model expands the notion of urban agriculture from disparate small-scale projects towards an integration of productive typologies within the urban fabric, moving toward a renewed vision of green infrastructure as an integral and productive part of the urban fabric in future cities. This work aims to shape potential urban and landscape futures of equity, access and health in a context of landscape democracy, environmental justice, and food security.

APRU SCL requires no registration fee for attendees. Because the meeting is focused on engaging participants in collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship toward publishable contributions to the literature, we have waived registration fees and will cover your meals and field trips in addition to all administrative and core facilities costs. Attendees will be responsible for their transportation and lodging. Registration and lodging information will be available soon.

Please visit the conference website and submit a statement of interest if you would like to be considered for the working group.

CfP Food Localisation as Community-Building RGS-IBG AC2017

Food localisation has been widely promoted and analysed as bringing producers closer to consumers (Ilbery et al., 2005; Renting et al., 2003). This proximity takes many forms, which can be extended spatially through short food-supply chains; examples include producers as consumers, box schemes, farmers’ markets, farmers’ collective marketing, community gardens, etc. Beyond food per se, the process potentially links various societal problems and their solutions: ‘Through building a community a shared vision is created, leaders emerge, and complex problems like social exclusion, poverty, hunger, and malnutrition seem to connect in new ways and new people come together to think and act on solutions’ (Anderson, 2014).

To be considered for the session, please submit a title, author details, and an abstract of up to 250 words to L.Levidow[at] by Monday 13th February 2017.

Extended deadline! CfP “Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning”

RGS-IBG 2017 – Call for Papers 
29th August – 1st September 2017 in London 
Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning 
Sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group, and the Geographies of Justice Research Group
Convenor: Richard J Nunes (University of Reading)

Please submit title, name and affiliation, and an abstract of no more than 250 words by 27th February 2017 – r.j.nunes[at]

What does it mean to do planning when we think about the creation of sustainable healthy city-regional food systems? In this session, we aim to explore this question from the perspective of urban food enterprise (UFE) and regional planning. UFEs are socially innovative business practices that seek alternative, local responses to conventional food systems, from inputs through to resource recovery and waste management. Yet the pluralism of UFE practices as an alternative to conventional food practices are far from coherent, making it conceptually difficult to align these organizations with a priori ideas of ‘justice’.

This challenge is compounded by the temptation to point to complex interconnections between food systems and other urban systems such (food) waste to energy at the city-regional level. Often the temptation is to identify the city-region or metropolitan area as a uniformly defined or coherent scale of governance, coupled with rational comprehensive visions of city-regional food systems as potential vehicles for food and health justice. However, such visions are riddled by pre-existing issues of social and environmental justice concerns that surround the uneven distribution of ecological assets (and their social returns), and the disproportionate environmental burdens among the economically disadvantaged in cities.

Please submit title, name and affiliation, and an abstract of no more than 250 words by 27th February 2017 – r.j.nunes[at]

Advertised calls for #RGS2017 papers sponsored by Food Geographies Working Group RGS-IBG

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.

Session title Deadline
Alternate food geography and the discursive production of gendered labour 16-Feb-2017
Rethinking justice in city regional food systems planning 15-Feb-2017
Different and Diverse Knowledges of (Rural) Food Access and Security? 14-Feb-2017
Food and power: Decolonising food systems and food research 13-Feb-2017
Food Localisation as Community-Building 13-Feb-2017
Geographies of global (sea)food markets: influences of consumer behaviour on sustainability and justice in the Global South 16-Feb-2017
The Impact of Brexit to Agriculture, Food and Rural Society 10-Feb-2017
The cultural geographies of new food 08-Feb-2017
Food in Urban Africa 08-Feb-2017
Alternative food geographies and the foodscapes of ‘clean eating’ 16-Feb-2017
Brexit and the Future of Agriculture, Food and Rural Society 03-Feb-2017

RGS-IBG AC17: Food and power: Decolonising food systems and food research

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.

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CFP: RGS-IBG 2017: Geographies of global (sea)food markets: influences of consumer behaviour on sustainability and justice in the Global South

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