Call for papers on “Community self-organisation and landscapes of food justice and sustainability”

Call for papers, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 28-31 August 2018 in Cardiff, UK.

We invite abstract submissions from established and as well as early stage and postgraduate researchers for the FGWG sponsored session “Community self-organisation and landscapes of food justice and sustainability” at the RGS with IBG Annual International Conference, which will take place from 28 to 31 August 2018 in Cardiff, UK.

Session convenors: Moya Kneafsey, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University & Mustafa Hasanov, University of Groningen

This session considers the role of community self-organisation in relation to new landscapes of food justice and sustainability. Recent years have seen a flourishing of community-led initiatives aiming to create food systems which deliver nourishing food whilst upholding principles such as care for planetary resources, fair livelihoods for producers, food rights for consumers and compassion for animals. Community self-organisation suggests various types of mobilisation, across multiple scales and time horizons, involving a diversity of actors and sometimes interplay with local authorities. Yet many critical questions remain. For example, what do self-organising communities look like, what conditions are needed for them to flourish in different contexts and what is self-organising after all? What is the outlook for community self-organisation in times of austerity and increased social tension? Are self-organising communities always socially inclusive, sustainable, and resilient? What is the role of new technologies in enabling community self-organisation? What is the role of food scholars in relation to community self-organisation? To what extent does – or can –  community self-organisation contribute to large-scale transitions towards sustainable and resilient foodscapes? We welcome papers addressing these and related questions in a range of landscapes, including urban, rural, post-industrial, post-colonial, colonial, historical and contemporary.

Full details on the RGS-IBG AC 2018 conference can be found here and information about the RGS-IBG FGWG can be found here.

Enquiries and abstract submission (together with a title, up to five keywords and author(s) affiliation and contact details) should be sent to Moya Kneafsey ( and Mustafa Hasanov ( by 9th of February 2018.

The final decision on whether or not papers have been accepted will follow on Friday 23rd February 2018.



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