AFHVS/ASFS Annual Meeting and Conference
June 24 – 28, 2015
Chatham University is pleased to host the Joint 2015 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. Emphasizing a holistic intellectual and material landscape, this year’s theme emphasizes the need to plan forward by looking backwards, by imagining and creating spaces where agricultural and culinary practices mesh with opportunities for environmental, social, cultural, and material sustenance. Taking our cue from Pittsburgh’s history and character, symbolized by its many bridges, the conference theme encourages a focus on the processes that help us explore across divisions, whether they shaped by disciplines, theories, methods, or activist priorities, material needs, cultural and agricultural histories, historical or modernist narratives. We invite participants to explore the ways in which people have or have not created social and ecological landscapes, and what can be learned historically, globally, and locally about our capacity to create and maintain viable social, economic, and cultural food landscapes.
AFHVS and ASFS support scholarship and public presentation on a wide variety of topics at their conferences. For this year’s conference, in keeping with the theme, we are encouraging papers, panel sessions, roundtables, and workshops that speak to the theme. These sessions can be from practitioners, activists, and others working in food systems and culture.
Submissions areas include but are not limited to:
- Food Systems: local and global, past and present
- Culture and cultural studies
- Discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research
- Art, design, and technology
- Ethics and philosophy
- Food access, security, and sovereignty
- Community studies
- Cultural, agricultural, and culinary preservation and innovation
- Governance and rights
- Pedagogy and/or experiential education
- Labor in the food system
- Energy and agriculture
- Health: problems, paradigms, and professions
Abstracts due: January 31st, 2015
All proposals must include:
- type of submission (e.g., a paper, an organized panel session with separate abstracts for included papers, or a roundtable);
- title of paper, panel, or event;
- submitter’s name and organizational affiliation
- submitter’s e-mail address;
- names, emails and organizational affiliations of co-authors or co-organizers;
- abstract of 250 or fewer words that describes the proposed paper, panel, or event;
- please indicate AV/technology needs at time of submission
- a list of up to six descriptive keywords/phrases for the program committee to use in organizing sessions and events
- any attachments must include the last name of the submitter (i.e.
For panels: Panels are pre-organized groups of no more than 4 papers. Please include a panel abstract as well as abstracts for each individual paper. Conference organizers will make the utmost effort to preserve panels but reserve the right to move papers with consultation from panel organizer.
For individual papers: Papers will be grouped with similarly themed topics to the best of the program organizer’s abilities. Please submit a single abstract along with contact information.
For workshops: Workshops are experiential or focused sessions where participants pre-register. Please provide an abstract as well as a list of organizers, resource and space needs, and any expected costs.
Notifications of acceptance will be provided by March 1st. Attendees are expected to register by April 30th or be removed from the program. Attendees must be members of have current ASFS or AFHVS membership at the time of the conference. The conference organizers regret that we are unable to provide travel support for meeting participation. We reserve the right to limit acceptance of multiple submissions by any one author. Space for workshops is limited and will be determined based on available resources.
Please note that all co-authors/presenters must register individually to be included on the program
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