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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.

Call for papers: Agrarian livelihoods in the Ayeyarwady, Ganges and Mekong Deltas. Workshop, 5-6 April 2018 at University of Cologne

Workshop: A comparative assessment of transformations to agrarian livelihoods in the Ayeyarwady, Ganges and Mekong Deltas

The Ayeyarwady, Ganges and Mekong are the three great rivers of South/Southeast Asia. The human landscapes of these three river deltas reflect millennia of agricultural efforts working their rich soils and ample water availability. They are characterised by high population densities and intensive agriculture.

During recent decades, all three deltas have experienced considerable change. This has included changes within agricultural practices (e.g., high-yield hybrid crop varieties), new agricultural investment (e.g., mechanisation), restructured labour geographies (displacement of agricultural work by technology, new migration patterns and non-farm labour arrangements), new political ecologies in how people relate to their environments (in contexts of resource depletion; hazard risk and climate change), and new transport and communication infrastructures that have transformed the ways in which delta populations connect to extra-regional actors.

These processes have occurred in different ways with the Ayeyarwady, Ganges and Mekong deltas, reflecting the ways that people have interacted with varying physical geographies in diverse national geopolitical contexts. The specific aim of this workshop is to examine comparisons and contrasts in the human environments of these three deltas, with a view to generate cross-deltaic insights that can remain invisible within the perspective of separate studies.

The workshop will take the form of a two-day event involving paper presentations built around generous time for discussion and interaction. Papers will have discussants from a different delta region, encouraging comparative perspectives.

The workshop will feature a keynote and closing address from Professor Jonathan Rigg, National University of Singapore.

Shitangsu Kumar Paul, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, has also confirmed as a keynote.

Numbers will be restricted to approx. 10-15 papers. A specific aim will be to discuss the prospect for papers to be submitted to a Special Issue of a leading journal in either Geography or Development Studies.

Key dates
The workshop will be held on 5-6 April 2018 at the University of Cologne, Institute of Geography and is co-funded by the Global South Studies Centre, Cologne.

Titles and abstracts need to be sent to the organisers by 22 December 2017 for consideration.

Amelie Bernzen
Bill Pritchard
Boris Braun

Call for papers: Global Conference on Economic Geograpny, July 24-28, Cologne

Organisers would like to invite abstract submissions for presentation at one of the jointly organised sessions at the Global Conference on Economic Geography (GCEG), July 24-28, 2018, Cologne (Germany). 

Session Title(s):
The changing economic geographies of food production and consumption in the Global South – Implications for nutrition, sustainability, livelihoods and gender.

Session/Part I: Case studies from Asia.
Bill Pritchard (University of Sydney/University of Cologne)
Amelie Bernzen (University of Cologne)

Session/Part II: Africa and Latin America.
Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester)
Niels Fold (University of Copenhagen)

Economic geographers have much to contribute to debates on the social implications of rapidly changing food systems in the global South. Traditional own-production food systems in rural areas are giving way to more diverse agrarian landscapes based on production for markets. On the one hand, farm production is increasingly being incorporated into value chains in which downstream actors (such as supermarkets and global traders) execute key governance powers. These processes have crucial implications for farmer agency over land use and production systems, the role of labour within agricultural production, and the concentration of farm production. Additionally, food consumption landscapes in rural areas of the global South are being restructured by greater physical and economic accessibility of highly-processed foods, with ramifications for nutrition and the gendered expression of food preparation activities. This Session welcomes researchers working on diverse aspects of food production and consumption dynamics in the global South, including key themes such as value chains, diets and nutrition, gender, food environments, sustainability and the politics of food and environment.

Please submit your abstract online through the conference website between November 15, 2017 and March 15, 2018.

Call for papers: 2019 ISA Congress special session

Conference: 2018 International Sociological Association Congress | 15 – 21 July 2018

Location: Toronto, Canada

Title: Techno-politics in Agriculture and Food Under (and After?) Capitalism

Organizers: Katharine Legun, University of Otago, Madeleine Fairbairn, UC Santa-Cruz, Zenia Kish, Stanford 
Abstract: In food and farming, technology is both a site of capitalist expansion, and an arena of possible change. We invite papers that consider how technology is participating in our food and farming politics by, for example, altering agricultural knowledge production and governance, changing relationships among producers and consumers, or solidifying or challenging existing power relations. Technologies here is used expansively, including everything from biotechnology to mechanisation to algorithms to social networking. Papers should consider these topics within capitalism—either its reproduction or possibilities for its transgression. We hope that through this session we can elaborate on contemporary challenges to developing a socially just and environmentally sound food system, while also considering how new material infrastructures might be altering relations of production in meaningful ways.

The Organisers welcome abstracts to be submitted by September 30th, 2017 through the conference website. Please send inquiries to Katharine Legun.