This is a centralized location for Call for Papers for upcoming conferences, specifically related to food anthropology. Most are for the 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.

Call for Papers: Food, Popular Culture, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Special Issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal

April 2022

Issue Title: Food, Popular Culture, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Editors: Dr. Jessica Prody and Dr. Tara Schuwerk

Journal Website:

Background and concept:

Food is a central aspect of culture. Food traditions reflect cultural values, social power structures, and help build and delineate community. Food is also a space where cultural and political structures of power are reflected, reinforced, and challenged. Popular culture is a significant space where we can see this broader relationship between food and culture represented.

As Fabio Parasecoli (2008) writes in Bite Me: Food in Popular Culture, “Pop Culture constitutes a major repository of visual elements, ideas, practices, and discourses that influence our relationship with the body, with food consumption, and, of course, with the whole system ensuring that we get what we need on a daily basis, with all its social and political ramifications” (p. 3). Using his definitions, we define popular culture as “any form of cultural phenomenon, material item, practice, social relations, and even idea that is conceived, produced, distributed, or consumed within a market-driven environment” (p. 4). The “complexity” and “transitory” nature of popular culture are the very reasons that studying it allows us to better understand broader cultural change (p. 6)

In this vein, this special issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal (PCSJ) titled “Food, Popular Culture, and the COVID-19 Pandemic” will examine popular culture to better understand how the COVID 19 pandemic has altered global food cultures. Practices of using food to build community and connection have been disrupted by social distancing, but through television, film, social media, books, and other technologies, old traditions have been maintained in new ways, new traditions have formed, food culture has adapted, and food-focused content has become an escape from current reality. In addition, the economic and political struggles connected to the pandemic have highlighted important innovations in the role food can have during social uncertainty and unrest. Our goal in this issue is to answer two questions: (1) how are people using popular culture to maintain or build community around food and food traditions, and (2) how can tracing popular culture messages and engagement help us to understand the changes in food culture during the pandemic?

We have intentionally left the topic of the issue broad in order to capture the wide range of ways that popular culture, food, and the pandemic intersect and welcome the use of quantitative and qualitative methods. Possible topics the issue might include are:

  • How people have used social media or other technologies to maintain or reclaim food culture in a period of social distancing.
  • How food content and practices across popular culture has provided escapism.
  • How food celebrities have used their platform to challenge power structures highlighted by the pandemic.
  • How technologies have altered our routines or traditions around food.
  • How the circulation of traditional food knowledge during the pandemic has created opportunities to challenge notions of expertise and authority.
  • How traditional media, social media, and other expressions of popular culture have maintained or built community around food.
  • How messages about food in popular culture during the pandemic have reinforced, challenged, or altered social power structures.

We welcome submissions with an international focus in order to understand the food, popular culture, and pandemic relationship from a global perspective. Overall, the essays in this special issue will provide an opportunity for us to better understand the role of popular culture in representing and shaping food culture, especially during a pandemic when it is difficult for food to bring people together in the same physical or temporal spaces.


Abstracts Due:

  • June 15, 2021
  • Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words and present the intention of the research, the research’s original contribution, and how it relates livestreaming to popular culture.
  • Please send abstracts to with “Food and Popular Culture” in the subject line.


Acceptances: July 2021

First Drafts: October 1, 2021

Peer Review October-November 2021

Final Drafts: February 1, 2022

Published: April 2022


Submission Guidelines:


Authors interested in contributing to the special issue should submit n approximately 500-word abstract explaining the proposed article or text. This abstract should include the article’s title and the author’s full name and contact information. In addition, all potential authors should include with their abstract a 100-word author bio to be included upon acceptance and publication.


Essays should range between 15-25 pages of double-spaced text in 12-pt. Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works Cited pages. Please note that the 15-page minimum should be 15 pages of written article material. Less than 15 pages of written material will be rejected, and the author asked to develop the article further.


In accordance with the PCSJ style guide, essays should also be written in clear US English in the active voice and third person, in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience. Authors should be sensitive to the social implications of language and choose wording free of discriminatory overtones.

For documentation, the PCSJ follows the Modern Language Association style, which calls for a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. This approach reduces the number of notes, which provide further references or explanation.

For punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and other matters of style, follow the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual. The most current edition of the guide will be the requested edition for use. The Purdue Online Writing Lab provides updated information on this formatting style.

It is essential for authors to check, correct, and bring manuscripts up-to-date before final submission. Authors should verify facts, names of people, places, dates, and source information, and double-check all direct quotations and entries in the Works Cited list. As noted above, manuscripts not in MLA style will be returned without review.

Before final submission, the author will be responsible for obtaining letters of permission for illustrations and for quotations that go beyond “fair use,” as defined by current copyright law.

Call for Papers: AAA 2020

Constructing quality: power and negotiation in commodity chains

Panel Abstract: Anthropologists have long analyzed relationships between value, exchange, and power through idioms of movement and space. Early work on gifts used circular and spherical metaphors (Malinowski 1922, Mauss 1925, Bohannon 1955) while work on capitalist commodities commonly imagines a chain, a model originally inspired by world systems theory (Wallerstein 1986). Challenging the tendency to see the action in  either production or consumption, recent commodity chain ethnographies have revealed complex dynamics of conflict, negotiation, and translation in the middle, or in the spaces in between. Scholars emphasize different moments or loci of action along the commodity chain: for instance, Tsing (2014) focuses on sorting, Freidburg (2004) highlights auditing, and Besky (2020) emphasizes broker relations. The theme of quality — and who has the power to create, contest, and enforce it — runs through recent studies of commodification in a capitalist world economic system.

This panel examines the power dynamics that underlie how quality is defined, negotiated, challenged, and enacted along commodity chains. We ask: how do ideas about a good’s quality or qualities come about? Where are the sites of contestation? What are the risks and enforcement mechanisms for noncompliance?

We welcome papers that explore these and related topics, including but not limited to:

  • The limits of the chain metaphor; its inclusions and exclusions

  • Negotiation, contestation, and conflict in the spaces in between/the middle of the chain

  • The construction of ideas about quality and their codification

  • The creation, enforcement, and contestation of quality standards

  • Reckoning with fraud in commodity chains: what is the anthropologist’s role?

  • The role of anxiety in the need for quality assurances

  • The dilemmas arising for commodity chain amid the non-movement brought about by Covid-19

Please direct questions and abstracts to organizers Amanda Hilton ( and Emma McDonell ( We are asking for abstracts by Friday, May 8 so we can respond by Monday, May 11. All potential AAA-goers must begin their submissions by May 15, and finalize them by May 20.

Call for Papers: Immigration, Labor, & Agriculture in the United States in the Trump Era

Culture, Agriculture, Food, & Environment (CAFE) Special Issue 42(2), December 2020

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Guest Co-Editor: Teresa Mares (University of Vermont)

CAFE Co-Editors: Megan Styles (University of Illinois Springfield) & Debarati Sen (Kennesaw State University)

In this special issue of CAFE, we investigate the ways that contemporary immigration policies, practices, debates, and discourses influence the lives, perspectives, and practices of farmers and food producers in the United States. We invite papers based on original ethnographic research in any location where those who invest their labor in food and farming have been affected by emergent immigration debates and policies, especially those embraced by the US Labor Department under President Trump. We define “farmers and food producers” in this issue as anyone who contributes their labor (physical and/or intellectual) to the cultivation, harvest, processing, distribution, or marketing of agricultural goods. Papers might investigate:

  • the ways that farmers and farm workers frame their personal stake in contemporary immigration debates and policies;
  • the roles played by farmers and farm workers in immigration activism and policy organizing;
  • the ways that farmer livelihood and well-being are tied to immigration policies and debates at any scale (local, regional, national, international);
  • forms of violence experienced by immigrant and/or minority farm workers as a result of contemporary immigration policies and debates;
  • the ways in which race, class, gender, ethnicity, etc., intersect with changing immigration discourse and policy to impact farming, related activisms, and farm-worker well-being;
  • conflicts among or within farming communities caused by or linked to changing immigration discourses and policies;
  • inequalities, instabilities, and insecurities associated with changing immigration discourses and policies;
  • the social, economic, political, and ecological effects of changing immigration policies;
  • the historical or legal context surrounding immigration, labor, and agriculture in the United States;
  • how immigration issues, policies and discourses affect specific agricultural sectors in the US (e.g. organic vegetable growers, hemp producers, dairy farmers, etc.)
  • the ways that farmers and farming communities outside the United States are affected by changing US immigration policies and discourses (e.g. the H2-A visa program)

We invite submissions based on original research framed within the literature in anthropology and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Submissions should offer clear theoretical interventions, methodological approaches, and scholarly arguments. However, we also encourage authors to consider making policy recommendations and to clearly articulate the applied aspects of their work. Manuscripts should not exceed 6500 words (including references).

Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Anthropological Association. For more information about the journal or to browse our current and back issues visit: More information about style and citation requirements can be found on our Author Guidelines page: Manuscripts can be submitted using our ScholarOne online submission portal:

To be included in the December 2020 special issue, manuscripts must be received by April 1, 2020. If you have any questions about this CFP or the submission process, please contact Teresa Mares (Guest Co-Editor, or Megan Styles & Debarati Sen (CAFE Co-Editors,


CAFE is published two times a year by the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association.

CAFE explores the connections between environment, ecology, agriculture and aquaculture practices, forestry, fisheries, natural resources, food, and nutrition, as they relate to the full array of cultural dimensions. CAFE welcomes contributions on matters related to sustainability and biodiversity. Dialogue between scholars, activists, and others interested in these matters is encouraged.

CAFE is indexed on Scopus, which is one of the largest abstract and citation databases of peer-reviewed scholarly journals. It contains nearly 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide and covers a broad spectrum of Science, Technical and Medical disciplines, as well as the Arts and Humanities. The database is available to subscribers via the internet. Journals are selected for inclusion in Scopus by an international advisory board and are evaluated for citation performance, article quality, editorial aims, international presence on the editorial board, and consistent publication history.  CAFE is also indexed on the CARL Uncover database

CFP for EASA 2020

P138: Collaborative Futures in Practice: Methods and pedagogies for imagining and doing anthropology together [PechaKucha]

Lisbon July 21-24, 2020

Deadline: January 20, 2020


Amanda Hilton (University of Arizona)

Alessandro Lutri (University of Catania)

Angela Storey (University of Louisville)

Short abstract:

How we “do” anthropology changes when we do so together. Approaches to collaboration in anthropology continue to gain traction and often cross-pollinate between methods and pedagogies. This Pecha Kucha panel invites short presentations that foreground collaborative anthropological experiences.

Long abstract:

How we “do” anthropology changes when we do so together. This panel explores how collaborative approaches to ethnography push us to craft futures of scholarship and practice that enlist multiple ways of doing and becoming together. We focus on both methods and pedagogies in order to highlight ways in which collaborative praxes extend across, and can link together, research and teaching. Collaboration can take many forms within methodological frames, from community-based participatory approaches that reimagine relationships and definitions of research (Austin 2004; Anthony et al 2010) to engaged or militant scholarship that reworks ideas of voice and representation (Juris 2007; Alonso Bejarano et al 2019). Pedagogical work can also embrace collaborative modes of knowledge production and engagement, including through de-canonizing curricula (Buell et al 2019), progressive practices of citation (Guarasci et al 2018), and an embrace of uncertainty in the classroom (Hundle 2017). This panel asks: how does collaboration within methodological and pedagogical approaches necessarily imagine new kinds of sociality? How do such approaches challenge us to both change our current approaches and to pre-figure an anthropological future in which the discipline is shaped by new actors and new arrangements of action? In order to highlight the breadth of collaborative possibilities, this panel invites proposals for short, Pecha Kucha-style empirically-based presentations focused upon a single approach to collaborative anthropological praxis. Presentations should emphasize a single method, project, pedagogy, teaching approach, or research outcome that foregrounds collaborative scholarship and practice.

**Pecha Kucha is a “20×20” presentation style in which each presenter has 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds per slide, automatically advanced–so a total of under 7 minutes per presentation. You can check out this website for more on the presentation style.**

EASA requires all paper proposals to be made via the EASA site and not via email to the organizers. If you are interested in participating, please submit using this link before January 20th. You will need the paper title, name(s) and email of author(s), a short abstract (under 300 characters), and a long abstract (under 250 words).

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Political Ecology and the New Green Revolution in Africa
 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers
Denver, Colorado April 6-10, 2020
Deadline for abstracts: October 18, 2019


Jessie Luna, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University
Joeva Rock, International Studies Department, University of San Francisco
Brian Dowd-Uribe, International Studies Department, University of San Francisco


Panel Abstract
For over a decade, international development agencies, private foundations, and global financiers have sought to spark a “New” Green Revolution in Africa (NGRA) (Thompson 2007). Premised on the notion that the first Green Revolution missed Africa, this supposed new iteration seeks to link African farmers to global value chains through the purchase of agrochemicals, ‘improved’ seeds and inputs from global firms, with the goal of transitioning small farms towards more commercial forms of production.


Scholars have questioned whether the NGRA is indeed new, or simply a continuation of the first Green Revolution, a “long duree” (Patel 2013) of expanding market frontiers. They have raised questions about whether this technology-driven approach will reproduce the same shortcomings of the Green Revolution, focusing narrowly on productivity while exacerbating environmental degradation, inequality, and poor households’ food insecurity (Moseley et al. 2015; Scoones and Thompson 2011; Nyantakyi-Frimpong and Bezner Kerr 2015). Specifically, several key interventions have:
  • Complicated the role of private, philanthropic, and regulatory organizations in the promotion of the NGRA (Schnurr and Gore 2015; Schurman 2017, 2018; Ignatova 2017)
  • Examined how NGRA-inspired interventions map onto the institutional and agro-ecological dimensions of production, reproducing social inequalities (Gray and Dowd-Uribe 2013; Schnurr 2012; Dowd-Uribe 2014)
  • Analyzed how the NGRA intersects with local NGO and activist concerns and struggles for greater participation, autonomy and sovereignty (Harsh 2014, Rock 2018)
  • Complicated the binary debate between productivist and counter-narratives to the NGRA (Amanor 2011; Luna 2018; Shilomboleni 2018)
  • Explored how people are affected by and respond differently to NGRA-related changes based on intersectional identities and social locations (Kansanga 2017; Luna 2019; Nyantakyi-Frimpong and Bezner Kerr 2015).
After a decade of critical scholarship, this panel seeks to foreground the contributions of political ecology scholarship to understand and complicate dominant narratives of the NGRA, and engage emerging frontiers in this next decade of proposed NGRA program implementation. We invite panelists to connect issues at different scales and explore alternative conceptual frameworks (such as feminist political ecology, postcolonial frameworks, STS) as a way to address topics such as:
  • The political economy of knowledge production and its relationship to the generation of narratives about the NGRA
  • How NGRA policies and programs drive reconfigurations of power and shape new relations and contestations between and within local and global scales.
  • How various actors — farmers, politicians, bureaucrats, plant breeders, and activists — respond, resist, and accept NGRA technologies and programs
  • How food sovereignty and other activists imagine their work within and outside the context of the NGRA
  • Explorations of the multi-spatial gendered and intersectional impacts and implications of NGRA projects and processes
  • Critical analyses of new, emerging, and planned NGRA-related interventions
If interested, please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Jessie Luna,, Joeva Rock,, and Brian Dowd-Uribe,, by October 18th. Participants will be notified by October 24th and must submit their abstract by the AAG deadline of October 30th.




Amanor, Kojo. 2011. “From farmer participation to pro-poor seed markets.” IDS Bulletin 42(4): 48-58.
Dowd-Uribe, Brian. 2014. “Engineering yields and inequality? How institutions and agro-ecology shape Bt cotton outcomes in Burkina Faso.” Geoforum 53: 161–71.


Gray, Leslie C., and Brian Dowd-Uribe. 2013. “A political ecology of socio-economic differentiation: debt, inputs and liberalization reforms in southwestern Burkina Faso.” Journal of Peasant Studies 40 (4): 683–702.


Harsh, Matthew. 2014. “Nongovernmental organizations and genetically modified crops in Kenya: understanding influence within a techno-civil society.” Geoforum, 53, 172-183


Ignatova, Jacqueline A. 2017. “The ‘philanthropic’ gene: biocapital and the new green revolution in Africa”. Third World Quarterly, 38(10), 2258-2275.


Kansanga, Moses Mosonsieyiri. 2017. “Who you know and when you plough? Social capital and agricultural mechanization under the new green revolution in Ghana.” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 15(6), 708–723.


Luna, Jessie K. 2018. “Getting out of the dirt: racialized modernity and environmental inequality in the cotton sector of Burkina Faso.” Environmental Sociology 4: 221–234.


Luna, Jessie K. 2019. “The chain of exploitation: intersectional inequalities, capital accumulation, and resistance in Burkina Faso’s cotton sector.” Journal of Peasant Studies. 46(7): 1413-1434.


Moseley, William, Matthew Schnurr and Rachel Bezner Kerr. 2015. “Interrogating the technocratic (neoliberal) agenda for agricultural development and hunger alleviation in Africa.” African Geographical Review 34(1): 1-7.


Nyantakyi-Frimpong, Hanson, and Rachel Bezner Kerr. 2015. “A political ecology of high-input agriculture in northern Ghana.” African Geographical Review 34: 13–35.


Patel, Raj. 2013. “The Long Green Revolution.” Journal of Peasant Studies 40(1): 1-63.


Rock, Joeva. 2018. “‘We are not starving’: challenging genetically modified seeds and development discourse in Ghana.” Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 41(1): 15-23.


Scoones, Ian, and John Thompson. 2011. “The politics of seed in Africa’s Green Revolution: alternative narratives and competing pathways.” IDS Bulletin 42: 1–23


Schnurr, Matthew A. 2012. “Inventing Makhathini: creating a prototype for the dissemination of genetically modified crops into Africa.” Geoforum 43(4): 784–92.


Schnurr, Matthew A., and Christopher Gore. 2015. “Getting to the ‘yes’: governing genetically modified crops in Uganda.” Journal of International Development 27: 55-72.


Schurman, Rachel. 2017. “Building an alliance for biotechnology in Africa.” Journal of Agrarian Change: 1-18.


Schurman, Rachel. 2018. “Micro(soft) managing a ‘Green Revolution’ for Africa: the new donor culture and international agricultural development.” World Development 112: 180-192.


Shilomboleni, Helena. 2018. “African Green Revolution, food sovereignty and constrained livelihood choice in Mozambique.” Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines. 52(2):115-137.

Thompson, C. B. (2007). “Africa: Green Revolution or rainbow evolution?” Review of African Political Economy, 34(113), 562-565.

The Cambridge Body and Food Histories group is delighted to announce the call for papers for its second annual conference:




This day-and-a-half conference will bring together academics and professionals working within the interdisciplinary fields of food studies and food sustainability research, to reflect on past and present attitudes towards food preservation and waste. Part of an ongoing historiographical effort to better understand consuming behaviours through time, the conference aims to open up a dialogue between historians and policy makers. Using both past and present as critical lenses, the event will serve as a platform for the discussion of more sustainable food practice in the present and future.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute, Washington), and Dr Simon Werrett (UCL).

Please see the full details below or on our website.

Details on applying

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from researchers in any discipline and at any stage in their career working on FOOD WASTE AND/OR FOOD SUSTAINABILITY practices in any period of history.

Abstracts of 300 words max. should be emailed to by the deadline 31st May 2019. 

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Food preservation – methods and implements for preserving food; the temporalities of food itself (seasonality, the potential for decay)
  • Management of food waste – methods and implements for disposing of or reusing food waste
  • Spaces of food preservation and waste – the factory, workplace, home etc.
  • Historical issues of food insecurity and food inequality – economic reasons for ‘thrift’ and their relationship to class/wealth
  • Food waste as a moral/religious/political issue – the wider (cultural) frameworks within which food waste/’thrift’ has been understood
  • Questions of memory and time – the role of food waste/’thrift’ in visions of the (utopian/ dystopian) future; tendencies to characterise particular periods as excessive or frugal; the impact of these visions on the present

This conference is designed to generate an interdisciplinary discussion between scholars from a wide variety of fields: archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion with representatives from the third sector.

Any questions should also be directed to

Note: This conference is generously funded by The University of Cambridge AHRC DTP.


Reimagining American farm crisis: Stagnation, struggle, and change


Brianna Farber (

Andrew Ofstehage (


Alex Blanchette

“Farm crisis” in the context of the family farm conjures images of tragic farm foreclosures and widespread farm loss in the 1980’s U.S. Midwest or farmer debt and suicides in rural India today. Yet the spectacle of crisis, while attentive to the plight of farmers at the worst of times, conceals the everyday precarity of farmer livelihoods, communities, and agro-ecologies. Environmental change (drought, flooding, climate change), economic change (debt, financialization, market collapse), and lack of access to the means of production (land tenure, farm foreclosures) have spectacular consequences for rural communities, often occurring so incrementally and slowly that they become normalized by those affected, and ignored by national media. There is a growing disconnection between work, land, and people in rural and urban North American farms and this panel seeks to ethnographically attend to the daily realities of this disjuncture and precarity.

In this panel we gather papers that speak to how farmers respond to crisis, precarity, disjuncture and change, but moreso, how farmers engage with these processes as co-creators of the conditions of crisis, as new figures generated out of crisis, and with new relations between land, capital, and work. We consider spaces of crisis, precarity, and disjuncture, including how farm communities and other agricultural actors are at once affected and affecting climate change, financialization, or land inaccessibility. Farmers’ responses are far more than a linear process of action and reaction or resilience, but also as a generative relationship. We ask, how do farm families re-constitute their work, relationships, values, and selves to withstand crisis, and what new social and material realities result from these actions? How do farmers, farm workers, extension agents, non-farming landowners, and corporate agribusiness generate the conditions of crisis in relationship to weather, landscapes, and socio-economic possibilities? How do farmers’ actions in relation with perceived crisis entrench, extend, curtail, or forestall actual and potential crisis? And finally, how do farmers co-exist, claim credit or cast blame, and otherwise stake claims in the duality of crisis, at once tragedy and opportunity?

We seek papers related to, but not limited to the themes below. We give priority, but do not limit papers related to the US Midwest. If interested, please submit a 250-word abstract and title to Brianna ( and Andrew ( by April 4.

  • Land tenure, access, control, and financialization
  • Climate change
  • Land degradation
  • Farmer debt
  • Farm foreclosures
  • Mental health in farm communities
  • Farm worker health, exploitation, etc
  • Shrinking farm communities
  • Changing farmer demographics
  • Shifting market contexts/uncertain export policy context?
  • USDA/Extension/public responses to crisis (bailouts) – and their effects in communities

CFP for SfAA 2019: Why does it matter how we talk about food insecurity?

Simply defined, food security refers to having the physical and economic access to affordable and nutritious food (FAO, 2006). Yet all too often, those of us who study food insecurity overlook the ways in which we discuss the issue as well as how it impacts populations who are food insecure. While many studies focus on the global South, it is imperative that we also turn our eye to the global North. Moreover, it is worth examining the ways in which food insecurity impacts social and health inequities. This session seeks to challenge dominant discourses about food insecurity by encouraging individuals to reflect on the ways in which we discuss food insecurity. Papers for this session may focus on questions such as:

  • How do we define food insecurity? How do these definitions impact how we treat hunger?
  • Why do we still emphasize food insecurity in the global south but disregard the issue in the global north?
  • Why do we use the term food insecurity rather than hunger?
  • What are the problems that arise when certain areas are defined as food deserts or food swamps?
  • What are some of the preconceived notions about who can be food insecure and who can’t?
  • How do we see racism and structural violence in food insecurity? How does this impact food sovereignty and food justice?
  • How do we combat stereotypes at a policy level? (i.e. rhetoric about welfare queens, laziness, freeloaders, etc.)

Please send abstracts (100 words max) with paper title and presenter information to Jacquelyn Heuer ( by Friday, September 21. Session participants must be registered SfAA members and be registered for the meeting by October 15.


CFP: Mobs and Microbes: Market Halls, Civic Order and Public Health

72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians
April 24-28, 2019 / Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Deadline: Jun 5, 2018

Session Chairs: Samantha Martin-McAuliffe, University College Dublin, and Leila Marie Farah, Ryerson University

2019 marks fifty years since the central market of Paris was uprooted from Les Halles and transferred to Rungis in the city’s outskirts. By 1971, nearly all of Victor Baltard’s iconic pavilions were demolished. Les Halles, as well as many comparable covered market halls across Europe, North America, and beyond, became flashpoints of protest between urban reformers who argued for functionalism and architectural preservationists who championed the adaptation of historical structures. Despite their polarities, both sides presented the market buildings as artefacts of the Industrial Revolution. In particular, the portrayal of glass and iron markets as antiquated relics made it challenging to fathom how these places originally elicited awe and wonder at the time of their construction. Congestion, sanitation, and radical changes in the distribution of food supplies are typically cited as reasons for the demise of covered market buildings. Ironically, however, most of the halls were originally conceived to answer these very same factors. As such, this session will situate markets at the intersection of civic order and public health, focusing in particular on how these structures stood in reciprocity with changes in the conception of the public realm. Central to this discussion are two themes: innovations in design, which embodied authority or control; and advancements in sanitation and hygiene, such as the modernization of water systems and the inception of epidemiological and bacteriological research.

We invite proposals across a broad geographical area that investigate how covered market halls were radical interventions that mediated socio-political conflict and disorder. Papers exploring medical and environmental humanities perspectives are also welcome, and these might question how infrastructure, services, technologies, and materials helped facilitate improvements in urban health and food safety. Papers that consider how surviving covered markets contribute to debates surrounding sustainability and neighborhood regeneration are also of interest.

The 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians will take place on April 24-28, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island. Applicants must submit a 300-word abstract and CV through the online portal of the Society of Architectural Historians ( ). Further details of the submission guidelines are available at Please do not send materials directly to the panel co-chairs. Submission of proposals to the SAH online portal closes at 11:59 on June 5, 2018 (Central Daylight Time).

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 past decade has seen a growing interest and concern for global farmland investments in the Global South. 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.

Read more here.

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.

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, 2018. Accepted 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)

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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 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’)”

More information here.

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?

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?

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.

More information here.

Title: Resisting the Misinformation, How Anthropology Improves Nutrition Knowledge and Food Literacy

In the age of Trumpism, the line between truth and false have been blurred. It has become increasingly difficult for the public to obtain correct/accurate health-related nutritional information. The constant bombardments of advertisements, pseudoscientific claims of dietary supplements, and the jargon-filled world of nutrition information have all become obstacles to the improvement of nutrition and food literacy.

This panel seeks to address this problem through an interdisciplinary lens. The panel investigates the concepts of nutrition literacy, dietary intervention, science education of nutrition, and their related applied research methods.

The papers in this panel examine both theoretical and applied approaches that study nutrition literacy, dietary intervention, and science education of nutrition, which include innovative qualitative, new quantitative, and evidence-based methods emerging from anthropology, public health, food science and nutrition, communication, and other related disciplines.

            By exploring how anthropologists and researchers in related fields are conducting both theoretical and applied approaches in the study of nutrition intervention and food literacy, the panel aims to generate knowledge to advance public understanding of nutrition, dietary health, and food literacy.

Submissions may cover a wide range of topics and types of research, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Ethics and (de)regulation of food/supplements advertisement.
  2. Communication of nutrition and food-related information.
  3. Public understanding of nutrition and dietary health.
  4. Studies about the efficacy of food or supplements.
  5. Community-based nutrition and food literacy program.

If you are interested in this panel, please send your 250-word abstract to Yue Dong ( as soon as possible.

CFP: Industrially Processed Food/Culinary Broadening

AAA 2018 San Jose

Professor John Murphy would like to form a panel that focuses on industrially processed food and/or culinary broadening for the forthcoming AAA conference in San Jose, CA (November 2018). My current project deals with discourses surrounding the introduction of “exotic” frozen dishes in France in the last quarter of the 20th century. If interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Murphy directly (

John P. Murphy | Associate Professor
Gettysburg College | Department of French

CFP: Quality of Life, Wellbeing, and Food Security: Theories, Methods, and Practical Approaches

June 4-7, 2018

 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joint Society for Economic Botany and Society of Ethnobiology Conference



In recent years, concepts of quality of life and wellbeing have gained traction in scholarly research of human-environment engagements and in applied approaches to sustainable development. Yet integrating these concepts into ethnobiology as a discipline and into applied food security initiatives remains rare. This panel seeks to address this gap through a comparative study of the concepts of quality of life, wellbeing, and their application in promoting and maintaining food security in diverse communities worldwide.  The papers in this panel examine myriad theoretical approaches to the concepts of quality of life, wellbeing, and food security (or insecurity) by researchers and communities themselves, focusing specifically on the history of these concepts and their variation over time and in distinct geographical regions. The panel also explores the diverse methodological approaches to studying the relationship between wellbeing and food security, including new and innovative qualitative and quantitative methods emerging from anthropology, ethnobiology, ecological economics, and conservation social sciences. Drawing from experiences conducting research and engaging in applied projects in rural and urban communities throughout the globe, the panel explores the nexus of quality of life, wellbeing, and food security from an ethnobiological perspective. By exploring how researchers and local communities alike are grappling with theoretical and methodological approaches to studying wellbeing and food security, the panel aims to provide lessons learned and ways forward for practical approaches to supporting and maintaining food security and quality of life – however defined – in diverse communities worldwide.

Anyone interested in presenting on the panel below should email Dr. Theresa Miller ( as soon as possible (panel submission deadline is March 15th).


Theresa L. Miller, The Field Museum

CFP: Consuming In, and Consumed By a Trump Economy

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.

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


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.

Read more here.

CFP: Eating for Change: Global and Local Perspectives on Food and Transformation

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

University of California, Davis

The Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Sociology UC Davis present this Academic Conference. This one-day conference will tackle the notions of change and transformation underpinning contemporary and historical processes of food production, consumption and distribution. We wish to bring together scholars to focus on the social dynamics driving changes in food movements, food cultures and food systems.

Food Studies scholars – including graduate students – from Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, CRD, STS, Environmental Studies, Human Ecology, History, Cultural Studies, Food Science and Technology, International Agricultural Development or any related field, are invited to email Rafi Grosglik ( with a paper proposal (abstract, 250-500 words). In order to encourage a comparative perspective, papers can focus on either the Global North or the Global South. Paper proposals are due Friday, December 29.

Read more here.

ASFS/AFHVS CFP: The Agroecological Prospect: The Politics of Integrating Values, Food, and Farming

June 13 to 16, 2018.
Madison, Wisconsin.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is pleased to host the Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), June 13 to 16, 2018. The conference theme, The Agroecological Prospect: The Politics of Integrating Values, Food, and Farming, is an invitation to engage with the political and governance issues that arise in agricultural and food systems.

Learn more about the conference at  Giving voice to these issues is fundamental to resolving them, so that we may better function in harmony with natural systems – while ensuring economic viability, food security, and the sovereignty of all people.

Abstract deadline has been extended to February 15, 2018. Submit abstracts for presentations and posters at

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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 »



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?

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.

Read more here.

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:

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Special issue of Southern Cultures: Coastal Foodways
Spring 2018

Southern Cultures, the award-winning, peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, encourages submissions from scholars, writers, and artists for our Coastal Foodways Issue, to be published Spring 2018. We will be accepting submissions for this special issue through October 3, 2017, at .

Submissions can explore any topic or theme related to southern coastal life, with a special interest in pieces that seek new understandings of the coast and its food cultures, identify current communities and concerns, and address its ongoing challenges. We welcome explorations of the region in the forms Southern Cultures publishes: scholarly articles, memoir, interviews, surveys, photo essays, and shorter feature essays.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The politics of evolving coastal food economies
  • Changing labor and fishing industry scenarios
  • Coastal tourism and real estate development issues
  • Climate change and sea rise, wetlands loss, and environmental degradation
  • Local seafood movement

As we also publish a digital edition, we are able to supplement essays with video, audio, and interactive visual content. We encourage creativity in coordinating print and digital materials in submissions and ask that authors submit any potential digital materials with their essay or introduction/artist’s statement.

We encourage authors to gain familiarity with the tone, scope, and style of our journal before submitting. Those whose institutions subscribe to Project Muse can read past issues for free via . To read our current issue, access our submission guidelines, or browse our content, please visit us online at .

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5th Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium

February 23-24, 2018

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.

Submission Instructions

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,, for more information. Questions about proposals, workshops, submission, or registration may also be directed to

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Everyday: 11th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy

Christchurch, November 25th & 26th, 2017 

Theme: ‘Everyday’


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

Please send your abstract (max 150 words) and a short biographical statement (max 100 words) by Tuesday August 15th, 2017 to either Sam or Amir (or both).

Read more here and here.

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

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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 and 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.

Read more here.

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.

Please send 250-300 word abstract and 150 word bio to Dr. Beth Forrest and Dr. Greg de St. Maurice by July 15, 2017. Full manuscripts for accepted papers will be due in early spring 2018.

Read more here.

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), 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

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.

Submit paper abstracts to Serena ( or Andrew ( no later than 12 pm (ES) Thursday, April 13th.

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.

Organizers: Anita Spring- U Florida ( and Sol Katz-U Penn (

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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,, by Tuesday Apr. 11th.

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Environmental Worlds: Between Craft and Emergence

Organizers: Mackenzie Cramblit (Duke) and John Moran (Stanford)
Discussant: TBD

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.

Please submit your 250-word abstract to Mackenzie and John by 5 p.m. on April 9, 2017. We will notify those who have been selected by 5 p.m. on April 10.
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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 ( 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.

Please submit a title and 250 word abstract by March 28, 2017 to Kimberly E. Johnson ( ) and Susan Johnston (

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In this most unusual time, four academic organizations engaged in food studies are hosting a virtual conference centered on the theme of Food Justice. The title, Just Food: because it is never just food, highlights how food is ensconced in systems of exclusion, oppression, and power. We seek presentations* that reveal cultural and historical entanglements of food with social justice. We encourage scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of food while keeping in mind power differentials in local and global world systems. We invite submissions that reveal and/or seek to challenge the systemic injustices of the industrial and alternative food systems that marginalize the food histories, practices, and experiences of diverse communities including Indigenous, Black, and people of color. We also seek papers that highlight the ways people use food for pleasure and autonomy. The conference hopes to make connections between diverse perspectives, to center historically marginalized voices, and to work towards building a greater understanding of how to achieve food justice on Turtle Island (North America) and globally.

Call for Abstracts and Submission Links – Deadline February 15, 2021

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The virtual conference will take place from June 9-15, 2021, and will reflect global times zones.


We have multiple options for registration, in an attempt to make this conference as inclusive and just as possible. For those who can afford to pay full price, we ask that you do so to help offset costs for organizing the conference.Register Here