CALL FOR PAPERS – SPECIAL ISSUE: Eating in the anthropocene: Learning the practice and ethics of food politics (Journal of Policy Futures in Education)

In a food-era that is in critical need of change, there is transformative potential in the way we construct knowledge around, and perform food practices. The politics of these potentials are embedded in structural economic systems, which serve to part-regulate diverse food ethics and practices. This call for papers is interested in bringing class-based political economy accounts into conversation with approaches that focus on ethics, pedagogy and new forms of attunement. This special issue aims to dismantle oversimplified thinking that constructs alternative vs. conventional food, or, ethical vs. unethical food, amounting to false binaries of good/bad food and consequently good/bad producers or consumers of such foods. An interdisciplinary approach helps us to further interrogate the change potential of these relations in both lay and academic thought and practice. The link between ethical systems, education, and practice is underexplored in food scholarship, and pedagogy of food ethics is a potential location of new political imaginations to inform and re-energise our thinking and practice of food. Sites of change therefore could be where: food ethics is learned, taught and practiced differently; food practice is learned and taught with a different ethics; food pedagogy is practiced and ethicised differently, and the processes in between.

This special issue calls into question: How is learning about/of food relevant to transformative ethical practice? How might we approach multifaceted food issues and political projects (e.g., animal ethics and environmental ethics, to name a couple) through different ways of learning and knowing about food, and different food practices? How might we understand the world in ways that can engender transgression or difference as a counterpolitics to particular food behaviours in the production, distribution and consumption of food? Are there practices of teaching that catalyse a different ethics and/or practice of food? In what ways can new food knowledge transform societies, subjectivities, and ways of organizing?

The journal seeks articles that address the challenges, opportunities, and experiences of learning, teaching, and/or practicing ethics of food politics. Theorised, empirical studies that illustrate embodied, practice-based ethics are welcomed.

Examples of possible topics include:

  • Pedagogy (formal or informal) in food practice and ethics
  • Interrogations of the concept of ethical universals in food (including practice, teaching, learning)
  • Philosophical perspectives that tease out contradictory identity politics
  • Communicating food ethics
  • Situating knowledges of food ethics through practice
  • Ethical teaching of food politics
  • Co-learning/ peer-to-peer learning of food ethics and practice
  • Translation of food practice and ethics beyond self



Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 1st, 2017. 

Please email your abstracts to the Guest Editor, Emma Sharp 

Invitations to submit full paper made by: August 30th, 2017. 

Deadline for submission of full paper:  November 15th, 2017 following the guidelines at:

Full papers should be submitted online at:

Final inclusion of the paper is dependent upon double-blind peer review.


250 to 300 word abstracts. Paper length should be maximum 5,000 words (including references).


‘Policy Futures in Education’ is a peer-reviewed international journal that is futures-oriented and committed to promoting debate in education among university academics, practising policy analysts in government and local government, national and international policy advisors, politicians, members of policy think-tanks and world policy agencies such as the World Bank, OECD and the European Union.

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