This is a centralized location for Call for Papers for upcoming conferences, specifically related to food anthropology. Most are for the upcoming American Anthropological Association annual conference. If you have CFP’s you would like to add, email Ruth Dike for them to be posted on the blog and then this page.
Information about how to present at the AAA’s.
The Fifth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium will bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners in panels, workshops, roundtables, and breakout sessions over two days to explore the complex dynamics of agri-food systems. This year’s theme “Resilience Across Scales” focuses on our capacity to absorb stress while maintaining integrity, which is crucial to the continued functioning of our food systems.
Submissions topic areas include, but are not limited to:
- Nutrition, diet shifts, and sustainable diets
- Food, ethics, and religion
- Market-based solutions and private governance
- Supply chain management, certification, and multi-stakeholder engagement
- Food justice and activist movements
- Plant biotechnology and cellular agriculture
- Urbanization, land use change, and food systems planning
- Sustainable agriculture and land use
- Plant biotechnology and cellular agriculture
- Global geo-political structure and food security
- Systems science, industrial ecology, and circular economy
- Food waste
- Food policy, farm bill, and government
- Indigenous food sovereignty
We also welcome ideas that span across categories or do not correspond directly to those outlined. The symposium draws over 250 students, educators, researchers, farmers, chefs, activists, and business professionals each year.
Deadline for submission is Monday, December 18, 2017. Abstracts & workshop proposals should be 300 words and include a title and keywords. Please submit online using our submission form. Accepted proposals will be notified on a rolling basis. Please refer to the conference website, yalefoodsymposium.org, for more information. Questions about proposals, workshops, submission, or registration may also be directed to email@example.com.
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Everyday: 11th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy
Christchurch, November 25th & 26th, 2017
Sam Hassibi (University of Canterbury)
Amir Sayadabdi (University of Canterbury)
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 in Christchurch (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
Robert M. Netting Best Student Paper Prize
The Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the 2017 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate and undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250, respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the editors of our section’s journal, CAFÉ (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment), toward the goal of revising the winning papers for publication. Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of Anthropology and present data from original research related to livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production, forestry, and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow Chicago format style.
Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students (Note: students graduating in the Spring or Summer of 2017 will also be eligible). The submission deadline is September 1st, 2017 and all submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CFP: Industrial French Food and Its Critics
French food is steeped in contradictions. The French are often admired for their food culture and superior eating habits, which are in turn associated with artisanal production and convivial consumption. But the French agroindustrial food complex is a global powerhouse that runs on chemical inputs, intensive production methods, and international dumping practices. In this special issue of Modern and Contemporary France, titled “Industrial French Food and Its Critics,” these contradictions will be put into conversation with each other. By exploring the postwar evolution of French food, in all of its inconsistency, this special issue will call into question our assumptions about French food culture by revealing the multiple food cultures that have developed simultaneously through the postwar period.Possible topics that contributors might explore:
- French farming in European, colonial, and global contexts
- The rise of restauration rapide
- The industrial model and its economic and ecological discontents
- Colonial and postcolonial production and consumption; transculturation through foodways
- Organized resistance to the industrial model: Confédération paysanne, protests
- Non-industrial forms of food production and consumption: organic agriculture, urban agriculture, jardins ouvriers, Slow Food, AMAP
- Eco-critical approaches to food and its producers in literature, cinema, and popular culture
- The contraction of agriculture and the rewilding of the French countryside
- Haute cuisine, gastronomy, and terroir
- Challenges to French agricultural power: BRIC nations, GMOs and trade deals, lawsuits at the WTO
This list is not exhaustive and potential contributors are invited to submit proposals on any and all aspects of the industrial food system in postwar France.Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words, along with short CVs, to the guest editors, Venus Bivar and Tamara Whited, at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15th. The list of contributors will be finalized by September 15th. Papers, not to exceed 8,000 words (excluding notes) will be due April 15th, 2018.
Call for chapter proposals: More than the Madeleine: Food in Memory and Imagination
This edited volume interrogates the process of our engagement with food through memory and imagination, be it in anticipation or remembrance of a meal. We wish to include work from a wide variety of disciplines that spans the globe and touches upon different periods in human history.
Potential themes may include:
- Cultural constructions of collective food memories, nostalgic dishes, or imagined cuisines as tied to religion, nation, or class.
- The use of memory or imagination in food advertising, literature, or art
- The use of memory or imagination by chefs, on menus, or in kitchen/restaurant designs
- Food scientists’ approach to recreating flavors, inventing new tastes, etc.
- Phenomenological perspectives on taste, the senses, and memory or imagination
- Ways in which memory is disrupted, fragmented, or reimagined
- Forgetting foods and culinary traditions
- The reinterpretation / reimagination that occurs as foods circulate through time and space
- Processes (historical, social, biophysical) whereby foods become edible / inedible, palatable / disgusting
We have interest from a well-respected publisher who has asked for a full proposal.
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CFP: Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics
We have received the following call for proposals from David Kaplan, which may be of interest to FoodAnthropology readers and researchers:
Call for proposals: Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd edition. Eds. Paul B. Thompson (Michigan State) and David M. Kaplan (University of North Texas)
We are accepting contributions on the ethical dimensions of food, agriculture, eating, and animals. Entries should be 2,000 words (min) to 4,000 words (max). Deadline for proposals: September 1, 2017
Contact David M. Kaplan (University of North Texas), David.Kaplan@unt.edu to indicate your interest. Dr. Kaplan will send you the Table of Contents. Please suggest a topic (and a title) that is not included in the list.
In search of papers for wellness panel at AAA. Tentative abstract below.
If interested contact Lindsay.Bell@oswego.edu
Of Bodily and Anthropological Matters: Self-Improvement in the Age of Wellness
In recent years, social scientists from the global north have come out against what is constituted as ‘the wellness industry’. This term brings together diverse bodily practices from yoga and meditation, to fitness and running, to colonics, green juice and taking a vitamin regimen. The global wellness industry is said to gross 3.7 trillion dollars per year. This remarkable trend in spending, we argue, should garner more curiosity as to what modes of relating to self/society these practices engender in diverse locales. What sociologist William Davies dubs “The Happiness Industry” (Verso, 2015) is often analyzed in the abstract and dismissed as the privatization of aspirations for the good life by Big Capital. Instead of understanding these trends in general, this panel investigates the particularities of self-improvement in a variety of geopolitical contexts. While leftist academics André Spicer and Carl Cederström understand these bodily habits as symptoms of a global “Wellness Syndrome” (Polity, 2015) laden with individualizing undertones, our case studies reveal otherwise. Collectively, the papers ask us to reconsider self-improvement through anthropological lenses. How might self-improvement actions and aspirations in an age of wellness act as windows into larger questions about the nature of human experience, embodied political economy, the relationship between the self and the social, and the entanglement of language, body and mind? Through situated analyses of communities engaged in various ideas of what it means to be ‘well’, these papers describe the lifeworlds made possible by specific improvement pursuits.
Sedimentation: Extraction, Soil and Memory (seeking papers re: Agriculture, Food Commodities)
Co-organizers: Serena Stein, PhD Candidate, Princeton University, Andrew Ofstehage, PhD Candidate, UNC-Chapel Hill
Land is often mobilized discursively as wastelands (Voyles, 2015) or zones of hidden potential and promise for capitalist development (Yeh, 2013) to justify frontier expansions worldwide. Land, landscapes and soil are also increasingly recognized as powerful actors in agrarian narratives and encounters, as agentive materials that help create their own history and futures (Kawa, 2016). This panel centers upon the encounters, memories, and afterlives of soil, putting forward the analytic of ‘sedimentation’ to recognize, reconsider and unsettle the dust upon which we tread in so-called development contexts of extraction. In particular, sedimentation, as a social analytic, aims to rethink processes and potential shapes of accumulation in extractive spaces, in terms of strata (tempo, order, verticality); accretion (formation, connection, growth); and provenience (origins, indigeneity, and future archaeologies) of resources taken from the earth, as well as the (im)material objects, spaces, imaginaries, and discursive remains. Presenters will draw on multi-species and actor/non-actor encounters (Haraway, 2007; Ingold, 2000; Raffles, 2002; Tsing, 2015), materiality of things (Stoler, 2016; Bennett 2010), and memories and afterlives of land and soil encounters (Gordillo, 2014) to examine the placeness, temporalities and relationalities of encounters in and through land, with attention to disparate histories, political projects, and livelihoods in the Global South that help to constitute the material and narrative lives of soil.
The School Lunch Debate: Ethnographic Perspectives on Education, Nutrition, and Culture
We invite papers that use ethnographic methods to shed new light on current debates about school food. Whether focused on the nutritional or educational outcomes or on the sourcing and sustainability of school food, we encourage participants that focus on understudied areas of school food—for example, taste education, cultural diversity, food in school curriculum, the intersection of biopolitics and nutrition, policy outcomes, allergies, eating disorders, the role of agro-food industries in feeding children, and the work of chefs.
We are looking for 2-3 more papers for this session. Please send your abstract to Rachel Black by Wednesday, April 12, if you are interested in participating in this panel.
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Famines and Food Crises in Africa
For the upcoming 2017 AAA meetings in Washington DC. Contact the organizers listed below if you are interested in participating.
Questions to be addressed in this session include, but are not limited to the following issues: (1) How are anthropologists conceptualizing, identifying, and mitigating food-system disasters, using their the long-term experiences in studying previous and recurrent calamities? (2) How do current political mishandling of agricultural production and distribution affect outcomes versus what happens if “more enlightened” production and distribution methods, as well as better marketing strategies and financial instruments are introduced? (3) Are any of these likely to mitigate the food crises, and if so how? This round table also considers new and innovative farm-managed methods such as conservation agriculture and carbon sequestration in soils, alternative food sources and better food storage, new financial instruments and index-insurance for farmers, and producer-friendly government policies in terms of production and distribution. The need for greater economic understanding of the food supply is a crucial and missing link between the planning which is often done by Big Ag economics, and the need for “Anthronomics”, that uses the insights and questions of anthropology and the methods of economics to address new solutions for food system problems.
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Circulations, Logics, and Logistics of Food
Papers will seek to unearth and articulate underlying connections between food logics—the social frameworks we use to explain, motivate, and propel food-based action—and food logistics, the systems, connections, and exchanges required to sustain human nourishment. How does one’s logic of farming, for example, intersect with the logistics of operating a viable business? How do the logistics of subsidized food supply chains refract upon the logics of humanitarianism or social welfare? Distribution, attendant inequalities, and the hope for equality lie at the heart of our inquiries as we consider how food logics and logistics shift from reciprocal links and fluid movements to strangleholds and breaking points.
We are looking for 1 more paper for the following session. Please send abstracts to Micah M. Trapp, email@example.com, by Tuesday Apr. 11th.
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Environmental Worlds: Between Craft and Emergence
We invite ethnographic papers that engage the “conjectures, trials, and difficult lessons” of crafting and dissolving within “a larger universe beyond the human” through attention to image and sensation, rhythm and tempo, desire, light, color, and other qualities (Pandian 2015). Of course this is not a uniquely celebratory occasion: atmospheres are quite often deadly in their liveliness, and we particularly welcome submissions whose stories dwell in that ambiguity. In using the term environment generously here, we hope to inspire you to offer your own interpretations, and to initiate a broader conversation about the analytic purchase of “environmental” thinking.
Waste Materialities & Meaning: Anthropological Engagements with Reuse, Repair and Care
Anthropological engagements have helped to illustrate the materiality and generative capacity of “abandoned things” as they fundamentally shape social relations, our collective sense of memory and heritage, as well as human and non-human nature(Reno 2015). What is perhaps new about today’s circular economy imaginaries is that they signal the growing commodification and formalization of waste and reuse practices, raising important questions about the potential gentrification of reuse, and potential exclusion, as well as the shifting relationality of reuse to capitalist markets given projections of the “end of cheap nature” (Schindler and Demaria 2017, Moore 2015). This panel seeks to both critically and productively engage with long-standing and emergent efforts to “save waste” through repair, care and reuse. We seek contributions that engage theory and ethnographic detail to explore a wide variety of questions and themes with relevance to the meaning and materiality of reuse.
If interested, please send an abstract to Cindy Isenhour (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, April 7th. We’ll get back to you no later than Monday, April 10th so that we can submit the panel prior to the AAA deadline of Friday, April 14th.
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Bienestar: Transition and Wellbeing amongst Mexican-origin Farmworkers
In this session, we seek to explore the “well-being” of Mexican-origin farmworkers currently living in the United States. We include several geographic locations and a variety of agricultural industries across the U.S. In each of our papers, we consider how race, gender, age, geography and immigration status intersect with markers of well-being. Markers of well-being include: food security, access to health care and equal protection under the law. One commonality amongst our research is a process of transition. Transition can include the physical movement of farm workers, shifting farm worker demographics (include immigration status, gender, age and ethnicity). Furthermore, demographic transitions in our agricultural labor force must be contextualized within the broader arena of rapidly changing immigration policies and laws on national, state and local levels.
If you are interested in submitting a paper to this session, please send an email expressing interest as soon as possible, and plan to submit a paper abstract to Lisa Meierotto by April 1st.
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Building the Big Tent: Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Work in Food and Nutrition
Despite academic recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary work, there is limited scholarship and deliberation about best practices. Even while interdisciplinary programs emerge, there is little discourse on how to include such approaches within courses, across curricula, and in institutions. There is a need for more research and sharing of best practices in interdisciplinary work and integrative research that help us move forward. This session will focus on the process and nature of interdisciplinary work and integrative approaches to research in community food and nutrition.
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