Category Archives: Members’ Work

EOI: Imagining rural and rural sociology futures in times of uncertainty and possibility: Progressing a transformative research agenda

Kiah Smith of The University of Queensland is in the process of putting together an EOI for a journal special issue on ‘Imagining rural and rural sociology futures in times of uncertainty and possibility: Progressing a transformative research agenda’. 

There are currently have a couple of gaps in papers around some critical themes for inclusion. If anyone in the Network is doing rural sociological research (in Australia, New Zealand, or internationally) specifically on (1) racism or (2) climate-extinction rebellion, Kiah welcomes you to contact her.

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Call for mini-conference proposals

RC40 (Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Committee of the International Sociological Association) and the Australasian Agri-Food Research Network (AAFRN) seek mini-conference proposals for IRSA XV in Cairns, Australia, July 8-12.

We seek intellectually exciting, inclusive proposals organized around academic research and practical themes. The mini-conference can be scheduled just prior or just after the Congress. The format and aims of the event are flexible. The hope is that this event will contribute to the IRSA World Congress program through engagement of members of AAFRN and RC40, as well as other IRSA participants. All proposals are welcome.

We offer special encouragement for proposals from young scholars, and we are particularly interested in proposals coming from teams that incorporate representatives of both sponsoring organizations. RC40 will provide a small financial contribution to support this event.

Additionally, AAFRN and RC40 seek proposals for a post-graduate/graduate student workshop. This jointly sponsored workshop can be part of the mini-conference or separate, and can last only one day or run for several days. The workshop should be student-focused and inclusive, and may provide participants with opportunities to work through methodological issues, explore diverse theoretical approaches, and refine their own ideas and research projects collegially with other students.

Workshop proposals should include a theme, an organising team, suggested mentors who may be mid-career or senior academics, and/or outings or fields trips in Cairns, although these are just suggestions and all workshop formats are welcome.

We offer special encouragement for proposals that include graduate/post-graduate students on the organising team. RC40 will provide a small financial contribution to support this event. Please send proposals to Steven Wolf  and Katharine Legun before April 22, 2019.

Intellectual leadership is a critical resource. Please get involved, form a team, and advance our field.

Unsettling Food Politics: Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia

AFRN member, Christopher Mayes, has a new book titled Unsettling Food Politics: Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia. It is available for purchase (hardback and e-book) from most online outlets, as well as directly from the publisher.

The publishers have generously offered 60% off the hardback and 30% off the e-book price. Visit Christopher’s blog to access the code for the discount (only via the publisher’s website).

An extract of the book has been adapted for an article for ABC Religion & Ethics – ‘Is eating a settler-colonial act? Food justice and Indigenous sovereignty

Limited period free access to book

For a limited time, free access to the following publication has been granted. Please use this link to access Agri-environmental Governance as an Assemblage: Multiplicity, Power, and Transformation.

Edited by Jérémie Forney, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, Chris Rosin, Lincoln University, New Zealand and Hugh Campbell, University of Otago, New Zealand

Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

Agri-environmental governance has become a highly complex assemblage of actors and instruments, with multiple interrelations. This book addresses this complexity, challenging research both at the theoretical and methodological levels. It draws on multiple theoretical and methodological insights, drawing on case studies from Asia, Europe and the Americas and develops a renewed approach of AEG practices as assemblages.

Publication flyer

Fair Food: Stories from a movement changing the world

Congratulations, Nick Rose, on the publication of Fair Food: Stories from a movement changing the world.

As described by the University of Queensland Press, Fair Food is an inspiring revolutionary book about the change happening here and now in Australia. Edited by Dr Nick Rose, this is the first book ever written about Australia’s fair food movement and tells the transformative stories of Australia’s food pioneers and change-makers. It is about the toxicologist who turned his Melbourne backyard into a food forest; the 3rd generation dairy farmer who lost everything and then became a champion of community supported agriculture; the mother turned GM food debunker; a vegetarian turned free-range pig farmer; and the countless new communities who’ve forged their own food networks, food plans and food futures.
Fair Food celebrates a new way of living, where the food, farmers and eaters come first, not the supermarkets and profits.

To purchase, please visit this website.

New publication – Food Utopias: Reimagining citizenship, ethics, and community

We congratulate Paul Stock, Michael Carolan and Christopher Rosin on the publication of their new book, Food Utopias: Reimagining citizenship, ethics, and community.

Routledge description:

Food is a contentious and emotive issue, subject to critiques from multiple perspectives. Alternative food movements – including the different articulations of local, food miles, seasonality, food justice, food knowledge and food sovereignty – consistently invoke themes around autonomy, sufficiency, cooperation, mutual aid, freedom, and responsibility.

In this stimulating and provocative book the authors link these issues to utopias and intentional communities. Using a food utopias framework presented in the introduction, they examine food stories in three interrelated and complementary ways: utopias as critique of existing systems; utopias as engagement with experimentation of the novel, the forgotten, and the hopeful in the future of the food system; and utopias as process that recognizes the time and difficulty inherent in changing the status quo.

The chapters address theoretical aspects of food utopias and also present case studies from a range of contexts and regions, including Argentina, Italy, Switzerland and USA. These focus on key issues in contemporary food studies including equity, locality, the sacred, citizenship, community and food sovereignty. Food utopias offers ways forward to imagine a creative and convivial food system.