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Postdoc opportunity: University of Helsinki

A postdoc opportunity is available at the University of Helsinki in wine globalisation. It is early career people with interests in wine, and food and drink studies.

Please click on the link above for more information and to apply.


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.

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