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.

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 We welcome unpublished work from scholars based in a wide variety of disciplines including and not limited to anthropology, history, geography, gender studies, literature, sociology.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

Read more here.

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:

Read more here.

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 .

Read more here.

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

Read more here.

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

Read more here.

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 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.

Read more here.

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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