Call for Papers: Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

Your opportunity to present at the 111th American Anthropological Association annual meeting in San Francisco, November 14-18, 2012

The theme of this year’s conference is “Borders and Crossings”. The AAA executive committee asks us to consider “border crossings across time, space, embodied differences, language and culture” and the fluidity of borders. In particular, we are asked to reflect on “our discipline’s borders and those borders’ permeability to relevant transgressions”. SAFN members are particularly well situated to contribute to discussion around the theme, as many, if not most of us, work across anthropological sub-disciplines and/or with colleagues in other disciplines. For more information about the national meeting, including elaboration of the theme and important dates, see

SAFN is seeking proposals for Invited sessions, Volunteered papers, posters and sessions, and Alternative session formats including Public Policy Forums and Inno-vents.

 For an Invited session, please send your proposals to Helen Vallianatos ( and Neri de Kramer ( no later than March 15. You must also submit your proposed session on the AAA meeting website by March 15. Session proposals should include a session abstract of no more than 500 words, key words, number of participants in the session, anticipated attendance, as well as the names and roles of each presenter. Invited sessions are generally cutting-edge, directly related to the meeting theme, or cross sub-disciplines, i.e. they have broader appeal. One way to increase your and our presence at the meetings is to have a co-sponsored invited session between SAFN and another society. Invited time is shared with the other sub-discipline and the session is double-indexed. Please include any other societies we should be in contact with.

Volunteered sessions are comprised of submitted papers or posters that are put together based on some common theme as well as sessions proposed as invited that were not selected as such. Volunteered session abstracts should be 500 words or less, individual paper abstracts 250 words or less. Both must be submitted via the AAA website ( by April 15.

Public Policy Forums and Inno-vents: Public Policy Forums are a place to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology, public policy issues of interest to anthropologists, and that could benefit from anthropological knowledge. They engage panelists (no more than 7) and audience members in a discussion of public policy issues to enhance the application of anthropological knowledge in society at large. Public Policy Forums are reviewed by the AAA Committee on Public Policy; the deadline for forum submissions is March 15. Inno-vents are aimed at exploring anthropological knowledge outside the more familiar arenas and bringing together people, activities, materials and ideas that might not normally coincide. Inno-vents can occur outside the main conference venue in San Francisco. Because of their unique and innovative nature, inno-vents may require additional time to work out logistically. If you have an idea that might require some organizational creativity please contact the Executive Program Committee as soon as possible at

In order to upload abstract information and to participate in the 2012 Annual Meeting you must be an active AAA member who has paid the 2012 meeting registration fee. (Membership exemption is in place for anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists.) Discussants and Chairs must be registered by April 15, 2012 in order to appear on the 2012 Annual Meeting Program.

If you’d like to discuss your ideas for sessions, papers, posters, roundtable discussions, forums or inno-vents feel free to contact the 2012 Program Chairs, Helen Vallianatos ( or Neri de Kramer (

We look forward to another exciting annual meeting with a strong SAFN participation!

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