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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.

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.

Agri-food XXVI: Re-territorialisation unleashed

AFRN is proud the announce the details of the Agri-food XXXVI Conference 2019.

Venue: University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus, Christchurch, New Zealand

Hosted by:
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Department of Tourism, Sport and Society; Centre of Excellence: Designing Future Productive Landscapes, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Dates and conference structure: 
Field trip                                1 December 2019
Academic conference        2–4 December 2019
Postgraduate workshop    5 December 2019

Calls for conference sessions are now open

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.

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.

Post-Doc Opportunity: Lincoln University

Lincoln University is seeking an interdisciplinary-backgrounded Postdoctoral Fellow with training in social science or human-environment relations, political ecology, environmental sociology, geography or anthropology, etc.

This could be a good opportunity for anyone interested in working across boundaries of social science, agricultural science/management and landscape design.

For more information, please visit Lincoln University Careers.

Applications close 31 January 2019.