Category Archives: Conference Updates

Call for Abstracts: Agri-Food XXVI

Due 30th August, conference organisers wish to encourage the submission of abstracts for presentations that explore the imminent horizon of agri-food theory. How is our work being re-territorialised? How are relational economies addressing the continued transformation of global capital and financial networks? Or you may be grappling with non-human. We welcome all submissions that provide insight to the continued work of the AFRN in helping to situate our growing understandings of agrifood systems.

Keynote addresses on food packaging by Professor Emerita Anne Murcott (SOAS) and on indigenous foodways by Dr John Reid (Ngai Tahu Research Centre) contribute to this focus.

The conference theme draws on the concept of territorialisation as introduced by Deleuze and Guattari (1980) in A Thousand Plateaus. Their conceptualisation recognised both physical (in terms of spatial boundaries) and conceptual (in terms of ontological and epistemological framings) aspects ton territorialisation. In both cases, the concept provides the means to interpret and articulate the emergent and never wholly permanent nature of the certainty and reliability that territorialising achieves. For example, production viewed (territorialised) as a ‘chain’ provides a valuable insight to agri-food worlds focusing on the social relations between specific actors. Efforts to analyse and explain power remain a consistent feature of social theories related to territory; how is power manifest in social interactions, who or what has the capacity to employ it?

Abstracts up of to 200 words are invited for papers or posters that fit within the special sessions listed here, or with the broader theme of Re-Territorialisation UnleashedPlease include paper title, presenter name/s and affiliation, as well as preferred session if applicable. Please send your abstracts via email and conference organisers will confirm that your abstract has been received. Acceptances will be advised in early September.

When submitting and abstract, please indicate a preference from the SESSIONS below.
Abstracts not aligned with one of the sessions will be combined within general sessions.

1. Assemblages and Ontologies in Agri-food Worlds
2. Postcolonial Engagements in Agri-food Worlds
3. “Protein politics: discourses, processes, and effects of the pursuit of new and
improved proteins”
4. Indigenizing Agri-food Networks
5. The Circular Economy and Agri-food

Click here for more information about the conference programme or session details.


Agri-food XXVI: Call for conference sessions

We wish to encourage the organisation of sessions exploring new framings and understandings of agri-food as an area of research including:

  • theorisation of emergent agri-food dynamics
  • context based sessions which require new forms of engagement or explanation in agri-food research.

Sessions addressing current agri-food issues in New Zealand and the Canterbury region are especially encouraged.

Sessions will be 1.5 hours duration and may include paper presentations (15 minutes each), interactive roundtables, or other formats.

Please submit session proposals (300 words) including title, names and contact details for session organisers, outline of theme and proposed format via this email.

Agri-food XXV: Updates

Online registration for Agri-food XXV is now open. Click here to register!

Abstract submissions have been extended to 15 August. Please email your submissions.

Do not forget to express your interest in one of the three roundtables. For more information, view this document.

Information on the postgraduate workshop and fieldtrip has been added to the conference website and can be found here.


Agrifood XXV: Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for Agri-food XXV: Celebrating 25 years of the AFRN, past, present, future is open. Click here to view and download the program and sessions.

All abstracts should be emailed directly to Geoff Lawrence.

For interest in roundtable participation, please email the roundtable convenor listed in the call directly. Further details are available on the conference website.


Agri-food XXV website is live

The website for Agri-food XXV: Celebrating 25 years of the Australasian Agri-food Research Network – Exploring past, present and future contributions to agri-food studies is now live. 

Conference organisers will be posting updates on call for papers, the postgraduate workshop, field trip, conference dinner, accommodation/location, and registration costs on the website.

Participants are also advised to start thinking about booking their accommodation, as this will not be organised as part of the conference. Organisers suggest that West End or South Bank/South Brisbane are the best locations to stay, as many of the events will be held in West End, and it has good public transport access to St Lucia. Students might also wish to consider staying on campus at UQ; organisers will provide more information about this soon.

Agri-food XXV: Call for papers

In keeping with the theme Agri-food XXV: Past, present & future, we invite proposals for paper sessions that fit within the following broad framework:

1. Sessions that return to popular themes from conferences past, to consider recent insights and/or new applications.

2. Sessions that address ongoing challenges for the future of food and agriculture, which might also include gaps in agri-food scholarship to date.

3. Sessions that engage with multidisciplinary agri-food research, show synergies between traditional and emerging agri-food disciplines, and build new approaches.

Sessions may take the form of paper presentations (15mins), interactive roundtables, or any other format not exceeding 1.5 hours duration.

Please submit your session proposal of up to 300 words including title, session organisers and contact details, outline of theme and proposed format to Kiah Smith by 31 May, 2018.

Agrifood 2018

Venue: University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD
Date: 30 Nov – 5 December 2018

Programme outline:
Friday 30th Nov – Saturday 1st Dec           Postgraduate conference and field trip
Sunday 2nd December                                   Conference field trip and welcome drinks
Monday 3rd December                                   Conference day 1 and trivia night
Tuesday 4th December                                  Conference day 2 and dinner
Wednesday 5th December                           Conference day 3 and public lecture (evening)

•             Session proposals due – end May
•             Abstracts due – 15 July
•             Application for postgraduate workshop open – 15 July, close 15 Aug
•             Acceptance of papers + posters announced – 1 Aug
•             Registration open – 1 August
•             Registration closed – 31 Oct

Contact Kiah Smith if you have any urgent queries.