The variety of organizations involved in what is loosely referred to as the “food movement” is sometimes quite astonishing. Even for anthropologists, who are supposed to be trained to think holistically about social phenomena, getting a grasp on the reach of the food movement is difficult. Here, for instance, is a CFP for an event that will be of real interest to anthropologists interested in efforts to emphasize the origins of food, both as a socio-cultural object and as a strategy designed to increase sustainability, enhance the lives of food producers around the world, etc. It is clearly tied to Slow Food, to the FAO, and to a wide range of other organizations, both scholarly and activist.
The “Forum Origin, Diversity and Territories” is an association that organizes an annual event designed to bring together scholars, activists, and professionals to present research and discuss efforts to understand and promoted the idea of linking food to territory and emphasize origins. A detailed and fascinating explanation of the event and objectives can be found here. For Slow Food members and activists, it may be worth noting that the event is scheduled for September 19-21, 2018, in Turin, just before the Slow Food International Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto. This seems like a wonderful opportunity to learn about the global effort to emphasize the local and to meet a wide range of people engaged in the food movement…and maybe get a better idea of how to think about that movement.
If any SAFN members attend this event (or Terra Madre), FoodAnthropology readers would love to read about the experience.
Note that the deadline for submitting an abstract is coming up rather soon! Here is the broad call for contributions, copied from their web site:
Call for Contributions
Submission Deadline: June 5th, 2018
The organizers of the Forum Origin, Diversity and Territories invite researchers, experts, students, and professionals to share their experience, research or participatory experiment findings in the territories by submitting their contribution in relation with the main theme of this year’s edition:
Perspectives on territories in transition
If you are interested to submit your contribution, sent the following documents to the organizers of the workshop, with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org :
- One page summary of the content of your contribution (+ bibliographic references)
- A one page CV of the contributor(s) (max. 2 persons and max. 1 page per person) engaged in the project and who would like to present it at the Forum.
Please find the description of the following workshops in the call for contributions in PDF:
Workshop 1: Origin-linked Products and Sustainable Rural Tourism
Workshop 2: Strategies and tools to plan and manage territorial transitions
Workshop 3: Adding value and promoting origin-linked products by tools as Geographical Indications, Mountain labelling, territorial brands, and territorial initiatives like UNESCO-World Heritage or GIASH (Globally Important Agricultural Systems Heritage)
Workshop 4: Tools and innovations to build the resilience of farmers and territories
Workshop 5: Foodways and Food-related Intangible Cultural Heritage as drivers for sustainable development in rural areas
Workshop 6: Nutritional and Food Transitions in Rural Communities