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2 More CFP’s: Estrangement & Belong in Global Agriculture and Anthropological Contributions to Theories of Change

Here are two more CFP’s for the upcoming #AmAnth2018 conference in November focusing on food. If you have a CFP you would like on our website, feel free to email me at Don’t forget the AAA submission portal will close at 3 pm Eastern on April 16. Please note that the portal will not allow new submissions after 2 pm Eastern, so be sure to start one before the deadline.

Foreignization, Farmland, and Food: Estrangement and Belonging in Global Agriculture

CFP: 2018 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

Serena Stein, Princeton University

Andrew Ofstehage, UNC-Chapel Hill

Keywords: agribusiness, food commodities, land grabs, migrant labor, belonging

This panel questions the meanings of estrangement in agribusiness, with respect to i) foreign investments and ‘land grabs’, ii) migrant labor and xenophobia, as well as iii) ecological alienation.

We bring together papers, with preference for those drawing on empirical research in the Global South, that consider how flows of people, capital, and crops generate anxieties, assemblages, and intimacies. We especially welcome papers that address how these flows create new local vernaculars of alterity of relatedness.

The farm, as a multispecies relational space, traverses boundaries of received categories such as culture, nation, race and kinship. Contemporary agribusiness relies on mobile participants in the global political economy who symbolize the cosmopolitan strivings of modern nations (Ong 1999). The plantation-ization of the farm assembles disparate plants, people, technologies, and animals to take advantage of climatic, financial, genetic, and cultural differences. Farms are locations for the production of alternative forms of belonging and fixity, in which intimate relations based on care and shared interests are in formation, as well as superseding the more problematic issues of belonging proffered by state ideologies. Thus, in the Plantationocene (Haraway 2015) processes of estrangement and familiarization work alongside each other to sever social and material relations and realities while generating novel ones.

The past decade has seen a growing interest and concern for global farmland investments in the Global South. National governments in Africa and South America have sought to curb these so-called land grabs by framing land deals with foreigners as dangers to national sovereignty (Fairbairn 2015). Several governments have passed laws to limit foreign acquisitions of farm land, capping foreign ownership and mandating majority-ownership by nationals. Brazilian critics of large land acquisitions frame land grabs as estrangerização, or ‘foreignization’ to differentiate it from the home-grown variety of land grabbing, known as grilagem.

However, this perspective also overlooks complexity in types of actors drawn to Brazilian land and flows of capital (Sauer and Leite 2012). The most recent wave of land grabs shows that the ‘foreign threat’ received disproportionate international media coverage to actual land investments. For example, Chinese government-backed farmland investments in Brazil, Mozambique and elsewhere were met with opposition from national legislatures and social movements, though they never materialized in real land use change. Furthermore, of the large-scale acquisitions that did take place, most of the leading actors are not easily identified by any single national origin. Further, in China and Brazil land use change is driven as much by Brazilian migrants from southern Brazil as foreign buyers, blurring the significance of foreign capital and actors (Borras et al. 2018). ‘Foreignness’ is a deeply inadequate basis upon which to conceptualize land deals, as land comes under the control of capital whose national affiliation is either unstable, multiple, non-transparent or simply designed to ensure preferential tax treatment. This also introduces important contrasts between ostensible and occult ownership (Oliveira 2018).

We look for papers that contradict portrayals of a generic ‘farm’ and highlight particular connections that exists in the midst of other tensions. We welcome papers that challenge existing frames of ‘foreignization,” not limited to the following themes:

  • Racial and ethnic formations of foreignization of farming
  • Generativity of plantation-style farms and foreign-owned farms
  • Personhood in transnational agriculture
  • Financialization and capitalization of agriculture
  • Migration and mobility of farm workers and farm owners
  • Transnational land deals
  • Internationalization of farming, farmers, and farm work
  • Global lives of plants, seeds, labor, and animals

Please send abstracts (250 words max) with paper title and presenter information to Serena Stein ( and Andrew Ofstehage ( by Friday, April 6. We will notify selected participants by Monday, April 9. Session participants must be registered AAA members and registered for the meeting by April 16.


Borras Jr., Saturnino M., Juan Liu, Zhen Hu, et al.  2018. Land Control and Crop Booms inside China: Implications for How We Think about the Global Land Rush. Globalizations 15(1): 134–151.

Fairbairn, Madeleine 2014 “Like Gold with Yield”: Evolving Intersections between Farmland and Finance. Journal of Peasant Studies 41(5): 777–795.

Haraway, Donna. 2015. “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.” Environmental Humanities 6 (1): 159–65.

Oliveira, Gustavo. 2018 Chinese Land Grabs in Brazil: Sinophobia and Foreign Investments in Brazilian Soybean Agribusiness. Globalizations 15(1): 114-133.

Ong, Aiwa. 1999 Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality. Durham: Duke University Press.

Sauer, Sérgio, and Sergio Pereira Leite. 2012 Agrarian Structure, Foreign Investment in Land, and Land Prices in Brazil. Journal of Peasant Studies 39(3-4): 873–898.

Eating Away at Food System Problems:

Anthropological Contributions to Theories of Change

The Anthropocene is at a precipice. Human civilization’s current path of immense resource extraction, mass consumption, and waste generation is harming human and environmental health, and threatening the very survival of the species, and maybe the planet itself. Food is central to the problem since, globally, agriculture emits more greenhouse gases than transport and, annually, more people die from diet-linked chronic diseases than from all infectious afflictions, road accidents, and crime, war, and terrorist acts, combined. We need change on a large scale, and we need it fast.

Anthropology has amassed a rich record of primary data on and critical analyses of the drivers of eating (Mintz & DuBois 2002; Farb & Armelagos 1980) and farming (Netting 1993; Barlett 1980, 1989) practices in hundreds of cultures and groups. Yet, it trails behind other prominent disciplines, like psychology and economics, in building cohesive, evidence driven, and actionable theories of change. Historically, this lag is well-reasoned due to hesitations to repeat the mistakes of the past when some anthropological work served colonial and neocolonial racist projects (Lewis 1973). Yet, careful, respectful, and well-founded anthropological interventions that proceed with an eye on social justice (Bradley & Herrera 2016) are desperately needed to help heal human bodies and our natural communities.

In fitting with this year’s AAA meeting theme of Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resilience, Resistance, and Adaptation, this session seeks papers from researchers who are laboring to distill anthropology’s insights into workable proposals for fostering individuals, communities, and societies to move towards greater food system sustainability (Holt-Gimenez 2011). It is the goal of this panel to generate discussion about how anthropology can theoretically contribute to reversing global ill health and promoting resilience in the face of global environmental change.

Whether their work intersects consumption and production, health and environmental sustainability, and/or conventional and alternative food networks, panelists are encouraged to draw out the theories of change that are the logical implications of their work, especially the links between individual, household, and community behavior change—whether manifested on the farm or on the plate—and food systems transformations. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Implications from individual consumer or farmer narratives of personal change towards seeking to consume or produce healthier, more sustainable, and more ethical foods;
  • Ethnographic lessons from case studies of institutions that have achieved cultural and material changes in food purchasing or production practices;
  • Theoretical inferences drawn out of anthropologically informed, community-focused chronic disease prevention interventions that consistently lead to measurable positive results in the intersections of local eating and farming practices;
  • Theories of change derived from anthropological analyses of major food business changes and the social, ideological, and material bases that underpin them;
  • Syntheses of anthropological work on historical drivers of change in eating or farming practices and how positive, widespread, systemic transformations can be achieved in the future.

Due Date: If you would like to present on the panel, please send a 250-word abstract including title of paper, and author’s affiliation to Ioulia Fenton at by FridayApril 6, 2018Accepted presenters will be notified by April 12, 2018 in order to comply with the April 16 deadline for complete panel proposals. AAA guidelines and meeting information can be found HERE.

Session Organizer: Ioulia Fenton (Emory University)


Barlett, Peggy F. (1980) Adaptive Strategies in Peasant Agricultural Production. Annual Review of Anthropology, 9, 545-573.

Barlett, Peggy F. (1989) Industrial Agriculture. In Economic Anthropology. Stuart Plattner, ed. pp. 253-291. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Bradley, Katharine & Herrera, Hank (2016) Decolonizing Food Justice: Naming, Resisting, and Researching Colonizing Forces in the Movement, Antipode, 48:1, 97-114.

Farb, Peter & Armelagos, George (1980) Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating, Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Holt-Gimenez, Eric, ed. (2011) Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform our Food System.Oakland, CA: Food First Books.

Lewis, Diane (1973) Anthropology and Colonialism, Current Anthropology, 14:5, 581-602.

Mintz, Sidney W. & Dubois, Christine M. (2002) The Anthropology of Food and Eating, Annual Reviews of Anthropology, 31, 91-119.

Netting, Robert M.C.C. (1993) Smallholders, Householders: Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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2CFP’s: IU Superfoods Workshop & AAA Fixing Territory Session

Workshop: “Critical Approaches to Superfoods” 


Emma McDonell, PhD Candidate, Indiana University

Sarah Osterhoudt, Assistant Professor, Indiana University

Richard Wilk, Professor, Indiana University

Call for papers

 Recognizing the immediate broad significance of this trend, we are convening scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and analytical approaches to discuss, debate, and define the emerging phenomena of “superfoods,” and develop an edited volume on the topic. The workshop endeavors to bring together cutting edge works in progress that explore superfoods’ connections to and departures from other curative comestibles across history and cultures, and that take a critical approach the social and political work superfoods do. We encourage papers that attempt to examine how the superfoods phenomena articulates with issues of scientific authority and nutritional expertise, shifting consumer understandings of health and the body, and issues of ownership and bioprospecting. We welcome unpublished work from scholars based in a wide variety of disciplines including and not limited to anthropology, history, geography, gender studies, literature, sociology. and hope for works. In particular we seek case-study-based papers as well as analyses of the trend writ-large that answer one or more of the following questions:In the past decade, “superfoods” have taken US and European consumer markets by storm. Novel commodities like quinoa and acai, along with familiar products such as cranberries and raw milk, are increasing framed as superfoods, a classification that seeks to draw attention to their exceptional nutritional prowess and curative properties, but that has not been defined in any standardized way. The increasing visibility of superfoods brings to the fore pressing questions about scientific authority and nutritional expertise, shifting consumer understandings of health and the body, and issues of ownership and bioprospecting. Despite this conspicuity of this trend and the rich analytical terrain it opens up, academic scholarship has been slow to catch on, and only a handful of disparate publications touch on the subject.

  • How does the superfoods discourse align with and depart from “hegemonic nutrition” or “nutritionism”?
  • In what ways does the superfoods discourse intervene in and challenge accepted ideas about bodily health and wellbeing more generally?
  • How is the superfoods discourse taking hold outside the US?
  • How does the superfoods discourse articulate with situated ideas about race and difference? How does a superfood come to be seen as such and what forms of negotiation and contestation characterize this process of definition?
  • Should we understand superfoods as “fashion foods” and how do they relate to boom-bust cycles?
  • What happens to farmers when a little-known local food suddenly acquires superfood status?

We are particularly interested in papers that:

  • engage theories relevant to critical nutrition studies and food studies;
  • examine the flow of ideas, knowledge, capital, people, materials, etc. in relation to superfoods;
  • are based on empirical work drawing upon historical/archival sources, ethnography,  analysis of text, or innovative cross-disciplinary approaches; and
  • are in the stage of development where a full paper will be ready by 1 February 2019.

The main goal of the three-day event is to present and workshop papers, while developing a research agenda for future superfood studies by identifying key patterns, developing a working definition of superfoods, and shaping a holistic interdisciplinary set of inquiries that integrates existing insights with emerging inquiries. The end product will be an edited volume or special issue that seeks to define an emerging conversation on superfoods, and all participants must submit their unpublished work for consideration in this publication. We have a limited number of spots available and the selection process will be highly competitive.

The workshop will be held at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) and the Indiana University Food Institute (IUFI). The first day will involve public presentations of each of the participants’ chapters to the IU community. This symposia-style day will be followed by two closed-door intensive workshopping days, which will include only workshop participants. Each participant will have read each chapter draft and will we will discuss each chapter for approximately one hour. Finally, we will have a concluding session that will seek to outline a research agenda, pointing to emerging questions and dynamics the workshop has shed light on. This discussion will inform the introduction to the book.

The workshop is hosted and organized by Indiana University. It is a 3-day event scheduled from March 21-23, 2019. The workshop is organized and facilitated by Emma McDonell (Ph.D. Candidate), Prof. Sarah Osterhoudt, and Prof. Richard Wilk. Accommodations and modest support for travel costs will be provided.

Applicants should take note of the following dates:

  • 30 May 2018 – Deadline of submission of paper proposal (500 word abstract containing theoretical approach, methods, and findings)
  • 30 June 2018 – Announcement of successful proposals
  • 1 February 2019 – Submission of full papers
  • 21-23 March 2019 – Workshop in Bloomington, IN

Paper proposals (500 word abstract containing theoretical approach, methods, and findings plus a 2-3 sentence bio) should be emailed to Emma McDonell ( by 30 May 2018 with the subject heading, “Superfood workshop submission (‘first and last name’)”

Panel title: Fixing territory: bodies and socionatures in flux 

AAA Annual Meeting 2018

Co-organizers: Amanda Hilton (University of Arizona); Emma McDonell (Indiana University)

Discussant:  Sarah Besky (Brown University)

In the context of increased economic, ecological, and social precarity (Tsing 2015), efforts to fix meaning and value abound. Territorialization represents one such effort to fix—in the sense of locate, link to, arrest, but perhaps also in the sense of to make right—dynamic processes of movement. Existing research suggests that that places and cultures should not essentialized, but instead understood as open entities that are constituted through dynamic networks of social relations and ideas (Gibson-Graham 2006; Wolf 1982). Entire socio-natural systems are moving in space or changing beyond recognition at the hands of climate change, human and non-human migratory flows are shifting course and speed, and global connections of various kinds are intensifying or disintegrating. Yet territorial projects that seek to limit, contain, and manage this fluidity and complexity with the end goals of control and legibility abound. How, we ask, does territory and territoriality work amidst movement and change–and how can thinking about diverse projects through a lens of territoriality help us see otherwise obscured dynamics?

 This panel asks how territory and territory-making work is characterized by relations of collaboration and conflict, and how the various actors involved both imagine and materialize resistance, resilience, and adaptation. What are anthropologists to make of the seemingly contradictory but potentially dialectical dynamic of increased rates of environmental (and otherwise) change and intensifying efforts to fix territory?

Territory has often been understood in terms of the state’s attempt at exerting its power over space (Lefebvre 1991, Scott 1998), exercising its claims to sovereignty. Yet we can understand diverse sorts of projects as territorial. Anthropological work on geographic indications for place-based products, wildlife or natural conservation areas, ethno-states, migration, and ecological nationalism all deal with issues of territoriality and overlapping territorial projects, and the entailed dynamics of legibility, surveillance, classification, border-making, and boundary work. However, these literatures have mostly been treated as separate objects of inquiry and the concept of territory itself remains undertheorized (Besky and Padwe 2016). In this panel we will think about these and other related projects together through the rubric of territoriality, asking whether and how territory brings together diverse kinds of phenomena in a productive way.

We are interested in papers dealing with territoriality in its diverse manifestations, including, but certainly not limited to, work on conservation areas, mapping, geographic indications, and migrations of various kinds. Possible questions or topics to address include:

  • What work does “territory” do that theories of place, place-making, and space do not do?
  • In what ways is territory invoked – and what sorts of symbolic and material work does it do in the world?
  • How do overlapping territorial projects interact, and what sorts of relations characterize their interactions?
  • Who do efforts to “fix” territory include, and who do they exclude, with what resistance and repercussions?
  • What forms does resistance to territorial projects take, and what can this reveal about how territory works and the limits of territorial power?
  • Does the “multi-species turn” push us to see territory differently, and what does thinking through multi-species relations through the lens of territory and territorialization reveal that’s otherwise obscured? In what ways do the territorial projects of humans and non-humans overlap – and what are the results?

Besky, Sarah, and Jonathan Padwe. 2016. “Placing Plants in Territory.” Environment and Society 7 (1): 9–28.

Gibson-Graham, Julie Katherine. 2006. A Postcapitalist Politics. University of Minnesota Press.

Lefebvre, Henri. 1991. The production of space. Cambridge, Mass., USA; Oxford, OX, UK: Blackwell.

Scott, James C. 1998. Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Yale University Press.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton University Press.

Wolf, Eric R. 2010 [1982]. Europe and the People without History. University of California Press.

Please send abstracts (250 words max) with paper title and presenter information to Amanda Hilton ( and Emma McDonell ( by the end of the day on Friday, April 6. We will notify selected participants by Monday, April 9. Session participants must be registered AAA members and registered for the meeting by April 16.

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SAFN @ AAA’s: Sessions, Papers, Lightning Talks, Roundtables, Mentoring Events, Retrospectives, Posters!

It is time to plan for AAA 2018 in San Jose! The submission portal is open, and we encourage you to begin organizing panels.

This year’s SAFN program chairs Ryan Adams, Jennifer Jo Thompson, and I are eager to work with you to create an exciting program for this meeting.

The deadline for all submissions to the AAA website is 3 PM EDT on Monday, April 16, 2017.

One of our goals is to create co-sponsored sessions with colleagues in our complementary societies. In order to do this, we need your help. Please let us know about your panels as soon as possible and make suggestions to us for co-sponsors (C&A, SMA, A&E, SAE, SLA, etc.). We will reach out to our counterparts in those organizations. Co-sponsorship will get us more visibility as well as a bigger and better audience!

Conference Details:

Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation

Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18

San Jose Convention Center 

Find out more about the meeting here:

Submission Types: We at SAFN encourage you to think beyond the traditional individual paper session and consider installations, flash (5 minute) presentations, mentoring events and retrospectives, as a few examples. All of these take place in the allotted 1 hour and 45 minutes. Double sessions have been eliminated, fyi.

  • oral presentation sessions (standard and retrospective),
  • roundtables (standard and retrospective),
  • individually volunteered papers,
  • group gallery (poster) sessions,
  • individual galleries (posters),
  • group flash presentations,
  • installations,
  • workshops, and
  • mentoring events.

Individual Volunteered Papers and Volunteered Sessions:  We encourage you to organize or co-organize a volunteered session yourself with collaborators OR submit your paper to an organized session that fits your topic. Feel free to use the SAFN listserv to find additional participants for sessions, and we will post your CFP (call for papers) on the SAFN website as well. If you submit an individual volunteered paper, we will do our best to organize individually submitted abstracts into sessions based on the common themes we identify. These tend to be less cohesive, but we will do our best!

Invited Sessions: We will consider all sessions that are submitted to our section for invited status (Invited Sessions). If you’d like invited status or believe your session would be a strong candidate for invited status, please contact us ahead of time. We can usually sponsor two invited sessions or possibly more if we partner with another section. Again, this is why it’s important to tune us in ahead of time so that we can reach out to other sections to get more invited sessions.

Rules & Policies: Please see the Annual Meeting Participation Rules and Policies. Note that meeting participation is limited to AAA members (with some exceptions). Also, please note the One-Plus-One rule which mandates that participants may only: (1) present one paper/poster, or serve as a participant on a roundtable or installation and (2) accept no more than one discussant role elsewhere on the program. An individual may serve as organizer or chair of an unlimited number of sessions. This rule is strictly enforced by the AAA Program Committee. 

Use the online submission portal to submit your panels and papers.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.


Ryan Adams, Amanda Green, and Jennifer Jo Thompson

Allied AAA Sections

From the Anthropology Blogs, these sections may be possibilities for sponsorship or co-sponsorship:

Society for Economic Anthropology at #AmAnth2018


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CFP: Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy

A CFP from the American Sociological Association on consumption:


“Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy”

*one-day pre-American Sociological Association mini-conference*

Friday, August 10, 2018, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Rutgers University, Camden, NJ


The Consumers and Consumption section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is excited to host a one-day conference on Friday, August 10, one day prior to the 2018 ASA meetings. The event will be held at Rutgers University-Camden, located just over the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia. Participation is open to all, whether or not you are a member of the section or of ASA. Contributions from graduate students and junior scholars are especially welcome.

In addition to an open call for research in the sociology of consumption, we invite submissions related to the theme of “Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy.” We view this theme as a broad call to explore how consumption is being (re)structured, enacted, and contested in the contemporary political moment, both within and beyond US borders. Themed presentations needn’t limit their focus to the Trump presidency. We welcome a range of perspectives (including historical and theoretical) investigating dynamics of consumption within this broader political, neo-liberal, plutocratic moment.

Submissions may explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • consumption and climate change
  • social media and “fake news”
  • struggles for food justice, housing justice, or environmental justice
  • the dynamics of excess and scarcity
  • consumption, race/racism, and white supremacy
  • precarious labor and the “sharing” or “gig” economy
  • boycotts and ethical consumption
  • consumption and disaster capitalism
  • sexual harassment in consumer industries
  • credit, debt and inequality
  • consumption and nationalism
  • consumer culture, big data, and surveillance
  • celebrity culture
  • philanthropy and corporate social responsibility

We will continue our tradition of devoting one mini-conference session to a dissertation workshop with student presentations of work followed by comments from faculty members of the Section. PhD students may note whether they want their abstract to be considered for the dissertation session.

Further details regarding conference website and registration are forthcoming.


Please include:

  • A separate cover sheet with title, name and affiliation of author(s), and email of contact person (first author)
  • An abstract of 250-300 words detailing your topic, research questions, data, and a striking conclusion
  • Note if you wish to be considered for the dissertation workshop (PhD students)
  • Do not put identifying information in the body of the abstract, but only on the cover sheet

Email your proposal to:

Please put “Consumption Mini-Conference” and your name in the subject line

Notice of acceptance will be sent out in early May



Kate Cairns and Dan Cook, co-organizers

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CFP: Leaving the Conversation: intersections of food, fermentation, and feminism

CALL FOR PAPERS |  Special issue of CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Cultures “LEAVENING THE CONVERSATION: intersections of food, fermentation, and feminism” Appel à soumissions | numéro thématique de CuiZine : la revue des cultures culinaires au Canada.

« Des idées qui fermentent : aux croisements de la nourriture, de la fermentation, et du féminisme »



(la version française suit l’anglais)

Food is a medium. Like conventional examples of media, food carries both content and relational messages that are produced, distributed, and consumed frequently and widely. As content, foods are the literal vehicles for delivering messages that are subsequently decoded and digested into meaningful units. Once absorbed, food-as-content can then be repurposed and mobilized by bodies, recirculating nutrients where needed. Fermented foods, in particular, act as a medium that interfaces between humans, microbes, and microbial foods. As a transformative process, fermentation incorporates multiple species, multiple senses, and multiple scales. As a metaphor, it operates as a productive figure for speculation and experimentation. Fermented foods also carry meaning and, as such, play into the relational and identity politics of the everyday eater. Here, a feminist lens provides a complex understanding of how the material and the discursive are constructed in and through food rituals, performatives, and customs. Where heteronormative ideologies dictate and prescribe, feminism and fermentation are grounded in the affective, the sensorial, and the peripheral. Thus, food, fermentation, and feminism literally and metaphorically figure into each other.

At the core of each of these domains –food, fermentation, and feminism– are binaries that animate dominant paradigms and power structures. Food is characterized by good/bad aesthetics, health/junk parameters, gourmet/street, and conventional/organic ideologies. Fermentation deals with human/nonhuman, self/other, and mind/body dualisms. Lastly, feminism is equally haunted by gender binaries, public/private spheres, productive/reproductive labor, affect/intellect, though many feminist scholars are actively collapsing these to propose alternate framings. We ask the question, what are the intersections between fermentation and feminism? How can material and discursive shifts in these domains be leavened with the type of complexity that supports social change?

This special issue will have a firm focus on the intersections of food, feminism, and fermentation. This could mean papers that examine how food mediates and how it (re)negotiates assumptions about subversion and agency. It can also mean papers that apply a critical/feminist lens to processes of transformation, care, and working-with. Papers can also be a theoretical endeavor of bringing these three worlds together and examining ideological contact zones. We are interested to know about food, feminism, and fermentation as complex models for thinking beyond the ontological binaries to which they are often bound. We are curious about epistemological frameworks that compare how knowledge(s) are produced and circulated in order to rearrange our thinking about expertise, practices, and identities.

Some topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • foods performing feminism, or vice versa
  • fermentation as a feminist intervention
  • transformative and/or disruptive processes
  • intersectionality and ferments
  • the gendering of food/ferments
  • notions of gender and purity/contamination
  • nourishment and/or feminist notions of care
  • bodies as unbound and porous
  • microbial agency and relational politics
  • heteronormativity and ferments
  • ferments and questions of scale
  • food, fermentation, and intimacy
  • gustatory/sexual consumption
  • food, participation, and agency
  • circulation of affect and praxis
  • food activism and materiality
  • radical media and microbes
  • changing gender roles over who is fermenting/ performing this labor

We welcome abstracts from a variety of fields, including communication studies, gender studies, cultural studies, history, anthropology, sociology, English, art, political science philosophy, life sciences, as well as other disciplines. We hope to gather ideas from a broad geographic range.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions can be in English and in French.

Please send an abstract (400-500 words) outlining the trajectory of the paper. Additionally, please include 3-5 keywords as well as a brief biography (max. 100 words).

Send all abstracts to food.feminism.fermentation[at] with “CuiZine” in the subject line and please cc.

Abstracts due October 10, 2017.

 Guest Editors

Alex D. Ketchum, Department of History, McGill University

Maya Hey, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University Timeline

Abstracts due ………………………………………………October 10, 2017

Authors notified ……………………………………………October 13, 2017

Author’s finished text for all research articles,

book reviews & creative works due ……………………….December 15, 2017

Papers assigned to blind peer-review ……………………… December 17, 2017

Reviewers finish comments; papers sent back to authors … February 15, 2018 Authors send final submissions to guest editors ………….. April 30, 2018 

Guest editors send completed manuscript to CuiZine ……. June 1, 2018 

(la version française)

La nourriture est un média. La nourriture, tout comme les autres médias plus traditionnels, transmet, produit, et véhicule des messages relationnels, ces derniers pouvant être consommés à petites et grandes échelles. La nourriture est aussi un contenu : d’une part, contenu au sens de message à communiquer, mais, d’autre part, littéralement, contenu, au sens de contenant. La nourriture constitue un véhicule pour les messages à décoder et à digérer, desquels on retire un certain sens. Une fois absorbée, la « nourriture-comme-contenu » peut alors être utilisée par le corps, qui en retire les nutriments au besoin. Les aliments fermentés, en l’occurrence, constituent un type de ‘média’ particulier, là où se rencontrent les humains, les microbes et les aliments d’origine microbienne. En tant que processus de transformation, la fermentation recoupe un certain nombre d’espèces, de sens, et d’échelles. En tant que métaphore, la fermentation rappelle la spéculation et l’expérimentation. Les aliments fermentés sont porteurs de sens et peuvent donc jouer un rôle dans les échanges relationnels et individuels du consommateur moyen. Un regard féministe permet d’élucider comment le matériel et le discursif sont construits à travers divers rituels alimentaires, diverses performances, et diverses coutumes. Alors que les idéologies hétéronormatives dictent et prescrivent, le féminisme et la fermentation sont ancrés dans l’affectif, le sensoriel, et la périphérie. La fermentation, le féminisme, la nourriture : une boucle qui se boucle tant sur le plan métaphorique que littéral.

Dans chaque domaine – l’alimentation, la fermentation, et le féminisme – on y retrouve des concepts binaires qui animent les paradigmes et les relations de pouvoirs. L’alimentation est souvent qualifiée comme étant « saine » ou « bonne » / « malsaine » ou « mauvaise ». Les aliments  sont  « bons »  ou  « mauvais »,  « gastronomes »  ou  « bas  de  gamme »  ou  même

« street », « transformés » ou « bios ». La fermentation, quant à elle, c’est le soi et l’autre, l’humain et le non-humain, le corps et l’esprit. Le féminisme est préoccupé par des conceptualisations binaires telles que le  public  et  le  privé,  le  travail  productif  et reproductif, l’affect et l’intellect, mais de plus en plus, les chercheurs et chercheuses dans ce domaine tente de démanteler ces concepts binaires. Nous nous intéressons donc aux questions suivantes : quels sont les intersections ou les croisements conceptuels entre la fermentation et le féminisme? Comment peut-on engendrer des changements sur les plans matériels et discursifs de manière à favoriser le progrès social, et ce, tout en ayant une appréciation complexe de ces divers changements?

Ce numéro spécial se concentra sur les croisements conceptuels et tangibles entre la nourriture, le féminisme, et la fermentation. Les analyses peuvent porter sur les aliments comme « médiateurs » de la subversion ou de l’autorité. Nous invitons aussi les réflexions féministes portant sur la transformation, le bien-être, et le collaboratif (« working with »). Les réflexions théoriques portant sur les trois thématiques et leurs zones de contacts sont également bienvenues. Nous concevons la nourriture, le féminisme, et la fermentation comme un modèle complexe pour aller au-delà des conceptualisations ontologiques binaires auxquelles ces domaines sont normalement associés. C’est avec curiosité et intérêt que nous réfléchirons sur les cadres épistémologiques qui produisent et font circuler les savoirs à propos de l’expertise, les pratiques et les identités.

Voici une liste des thèmes proposés (celle-ci ne se veut pas exhaustive) :

  • les aliments « qui performent » le féminisme (ou vice versa)
  • la fermentation comme intervention féministe
  • les processus transformatifs et perturbateurs
  • l’intersectionalité et les ferments
  • le genre, la nourriture, et les ferments (les aliments genrés)
  • les notions relatives au genre et la pureté/la contamination
  • l’alimentation et les notions féministes relatives aux soins/bien-être
  • les corps comme poreux et dissociés ou non-liés
  • les agents microbiens et la politique relationnelle
  • l’hétéronormativité et les ferments
  • les ferments et les échelles
  • la nourriture, la fermentation, et l’intimité
  • le plaisir gustatif et sexuel et sa consommation
  • la nourriture, la participation, et l’autorité
  • la circulation de l’affect
  • l’activisme et la matérialité
  • les médias radicaux et les microbes / agents microbiens
  • les rôles et les genres dans le travail lié à la fermentation

Nous acceptons des résumés d’une grande variété de disciplines, y compris: les communications, les études sur les genres, les études culturelles, l’histoire, l’anthropologie, la sociologie, English, les arts visuels, les sciences politiques, la philosophie, les sciences du vivant, etc. Nous souhaitons recevoir des contributions de la part d’auteurs aux horizons divers.


Les soumissions peuvent être rédigées en français ou en anglais.

Veuillez faire parvenir un résumé de 400 à 500 mots décrivant les points importants de l’article. Veuillez inclure 3 à 5 mots clés. Veuillez également faire parvenir une note biographique (100 mots maximum). Si vous avez une version bilingue de votre note, n’hésitez pas à nous la fournir.

Veuillez faire parvenir les documents à avec en cc. Veuillez indiquer ‘CuiZine’ dans le sujet de votre courriel.

Date d’échéance : 10 octobre 2017 

Co-rédactrices invitees

Alex D. Ketchum, Department of History, McGill University

Maya Hey, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University Calendrier

Résumés d’articles…………………………………………………. 10 oct., 2017

Confirmation de l’acceptation ou du refus…………………………13 oct., 2017

Versions finales des articles et des comptes rendus ……………… 15 déc., 2017

Envoi pour évaluation par les pairs ………………………………… 17 déc., 2017

Envoi de la rétroaction aux auteurs ………………………………. 15 fév., 2018

Remise des version finales ………………………………………… 30 avril, 2018

Version finale du numéro acheminé à CuiZine ……………………. 1 juin, 2018

Date de publication provisoire………………………………automne / hiver 2018

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SfAA CFP: Sustainable Food Futures on Campus

In 2011, Peggy Barlett highlighted the state of campus sustainable food projects, pointing out the growth in dining innovations, student farms and gardens, and curricular and experiential food opportunities. Since then, campus food projects have further integrated critical perspectives, including student food security (Dubick, Mathews, and Cady 2016), food justice (Chollett 2014; Aftandilian and Dart 2013) and food sovereignty education (Meek and Tarlau 2016). This panel is an invitation to mark where we have been and where we are going in order to promote sustainable food futures within higher education and beyond. To gauge the promise of campus food projects, we ask: Are students carrying curricular, co-curricular, and experiential lessons into their post-college lives? What evidence do we have to evaluate the success of campus food projects, including their ability to transform dining service purchasing, students’ relationships to food, student food security, and food justice? Finally, do campus sustainable food projects ultimately promote the larger environmental, economic and social goals of sustainability?

If you’re interested in participating on this panel, please submit a 100 word abstract to Amanda Green at by September 28, 2017. Earlier submissions are encouraged!

The panel will be submitted by October 10, 2017, to ensure we meet the final abstract submission deadline of October 15, 2017.

This year’s meeting takes place in Philadelphia, PA, April 3-7, 2018.

Find out more about the SfAA conference here:


Aftandilian, Dave and Lyn Dart. 2013. “Using Garden-Based Service-Learning to Work Toward Food Justice, Better Educate Students, and Strengthen Campus-Community Ties.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 6(1): 55-69.

Barlett, Peggy. 2011. “Campus Sustainable Food Projects: Critique and Engagement.” American Anthropologist 113(1): 101-115.

Chollett, Donna L. 2014. “The Native American Organic Garden: Using Service Learning as a Site of Resistance.” Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 36(2): 93-104.

Dubick, James, Brandon Mathews, and Clare Cady. 2016. “Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students.” Available at:

Meek, David and Rebecca Tarlau. 2016. “Critical food systems education (CFSE): educating for food sovereignty.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 40(3): 237-260.

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New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy Deadline Extension

A quick update! The deadline for submissions to the 11th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy has been extended to August 15, 2017.


Everyday: New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy

Christchurch, November 25th & 26th, 2017

Symposium Theme: Everyday



Sam Hassibi (University of Canterbury)

Amir Sayadabdi (University of Canterbury)

Everyday food and food-related activities are important, yet often taken-for-granted parts of our everyday lives. The biological imperative that makes eating a necessity often makes us look at it as a mundane practice. Cooking, too, especially in its ‘domestic’ context, may seem insignificant and uninteresting. Shopping for food, chopping and washing ingredients, and cleaning up after a meal rarely seem poetic or even important. However, the very everydayness of these activities reproduces meaningful cultural symbols and social practices, depicting individuals’ or societies’ relationship with different issues ranging from nutrition, health and hygiene to gender norms, intimate socialities, national identity and memory. By looking at the everydayness of food-related activities, we come to understand how societies routinely feed and reproduce themselves, and therefore, we get a better understanding of their cultures, their past, present, and future. By observing and studying everyday food-related practices, habits, and values that are constantly being passed in ordinary kitchens from one generation to the next, we can open a window to also understanding non-everyday foodways such as those practiced in sacred rituals, mourning, and celebrations.

We welcome scholars, cooks, armchair gastronomers and food enthusiasts to present their research, discuss their viewpoints, and be a part of the 11th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy with the main theme of ‘Everyday’, to be held inChristchurch (25 & 26 November, 2017).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Everyday cooking/eating practices
  • Food and identity (gendered, national, etc.) in everyday life
  • Everyday food choices
  • Historical, cultural and economic aspects of everyday food
  • Fast food and slow food
  • Routinization of everyday life
  • Everyday food and ethics
  • Everyday food and memory
  • Everydayness and Non-everydayness
  • The production, cultivation and distribution of everyday food
  • Politics of everyday food

The deadline for submitting an abstract (max 150 words) and a short biographical statement (max 100 words) has now been extended to Tuesday, August 15th, 2017. You can submit your abstract to either Sam or Amir (or both) at:

We will also be happy to answer any questions regarding the symposium.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

There will also be a ‘historic cooking’ workshop on the afternoon of the 24th of November, during which Sam and Amir will lead you through cooking some historic Middle Eastern dishes based on centuries-old recipes. Attendance in the workshop isfree of charge for registered symposiasts. More information about the workshop will follow in September.

Please feel free to spread the word!

More information about the symposium.

If you have a CFP you would like to feature on the blog, please contact Ruth Dike.

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