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Agrifood XXIV: Call for Session Proposals

Organisers of Agrifood XXIV welcome Session Proposals that form part of the discussion around the main theme of Food, Youth and the Future of Farming: Towards a Global North-South Dialogue, or, as a tradition in AFRN, any other compelling areas of current agrifood scholarship.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and must be sent via email by 15 March.


David Burch Prize 2016

Congratulations, Emma Sharp, on being awarded the David Burch Prize for 2016.

Emma Sharp is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in alternative food initiatives, care theory and practice, diverse economies and gender studies.
She received the David Burch Prize for her presentation “A ruin economy: objects of new value (re)configuring the supply chain of diverse, future foods?”


David Burch Prize 2015

midori-hiragaMidori HIRAGA is a PhD student for the International Political Economy of Food in the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan.

She achieved MSc (Food and Nutrition Policy) from the Centre for Food Policy, City University London, UK.

She now researches the international political economy on provisioning vegetable oils for industrial mass diet with the historical case of Japan transforming vegetable oils into everyday foodstuff, as well as researching the developing trajectory and the structure of the global vegetable oil complex.

Reminder: Call for papers, Agrifood XXIII

The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) at the University of Adelaide is
delighted to jointly host the XXIII annual conference of the Agri-food Research Network(AFRN) and a gathering of the Australian Agricultural Resource Economics Society(AARES) in Adelaide from December 7-10, 2016. The AFRN has been meeting annually in Australasia since 1993. It represents a group of scholars, students and activists who are interested in critical political and theoretical issues in agri-food systems. AARES is an independent association of persons and organisations interested in agricultural,resource and environmental economics.

The organising committee invites you to join us in Adelaide for Agrifood XXIII. South Australia has much to offer in diverse and innovative food systems that abound in the driest state on the driest continent. From ancient but new bush foods, to wines of world renown and premium produce made locally and exported globally, there is much to explore across our conference themes.

The conference organisers have invited keynote speakers to speak across the proposed themes. We invite you to submit papers and/or session proposals that form part of the discussion around these four conference themes, or to engage with other compelling areas of current agrifood scholarship.

Please submit abstracts (200 words max) by August 1, 2016 to organisers via email. Please also contact the organisers if you are interested in organising a special session.

Call for papers: Agrifood XXII

The organisers of Agrifood XXII are delighted to invite agrifood scholars, activists, industry and anyone else interested in critical issues in agrifood systems to submit papers to the 22nd annual meeting of the Agri-Food Research Network. The conference will take place in Qeenstown, New Zealand from Sunday, December 6th to Wednesday December 9th 2015.

Keynotes and Themes

Agrifood XXII will have three feature speakers – Annemarie Mol, Michael Carolan and Julie Guthman.

The four main conference themes are:

Mahinga Kai and Food Sovereignty: exploring the new politics of indigenous food as well as opening up discussion to wider issues in food sovereignty, local foods, food politics and activism and alternative agrifood systems.

Empires of Food and Political Economy: inviting papers that consider longer term imperial food histories and food regimes, or that seek to situate current food dynamics and crises within political economy approaches to understanding the place of agriculture and food within capitalist economies, globalisation, neoliberalism or international trade.

Pinot Noir and the Contested Global Countryside: Queenstown has become a celebrated case of the way in which elite and boutique foods (like pinot noir) have become essential elements of the ‘global countryside’. Organisers invite papers considering the relationship between food and new forms of economic activity in rural regions, tourism, alternative economic experimentation, new geographies of the rural and amenity landscapes.

Embodied Food and the More-Than-Human: reflecting the choice of keynote speakers, organisers invite papers that consider new approaches to agrifood theorisation that engage with the post-structural turn in agrifood studies, new materialities, assemblages, and more-than-human approaches. The organisers invite papers that explore these at any and every scale: from the planetary to the embodied.

While these four themes were chosen as being particuliarly relevant to a conference being held in a place like Queenstown, NZ, organisers invite agrifooders to also submit papers on any other issue of contempoary concern to agrifood scholarship. The organisers also invite agrifooders to suggest particular panels, themes or special sessions that they might wish to organise at Agrifood XXII. If you want to submit an idea for a special session or panel, please contact the organising committee before July 1st, 2015.

As is the tradition at these meetings, organisers invite papers from contributors both inside and outside the academy as well as urging scholars at all stages of their career to share their work at Agrifood XXII. Students will be eligible to either submit abstracts for full papers or, if there is enough interest, to present work in progress in pecha kucha sessions. Students presenting full papers will be eligible for consideration for the David Burch Prize that will be awarded to the best student paper presentation at Agrifood XXII.

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts

Length: 150-250 words
To: agrifood2015@otago.ac.nz
By: August 1st, 2015

For students submitting abstracts, please indicate whether you wish to present a full paper or a pecha kucha presentation. For pecha kucha presentations, we will accept a title and short abstract.

If you need a response on the status of your abstract earlier than August, 2015 for the purposes of travel planning, please let the organisers know and they will respond to you within two weeks of your submission.

We look forward to seeing you all in Queenstown!

David Burch Prize 2014

P1090387 - ResizedJenny Kaldor is a PhD candidate at Sydney Law School. Her research focuses on the overlap between food law and public health law, and the potential of food regulation to improve diets at the population level. 
Outgoing AFRN Convener, Carol Richards, presented Jenny with the David Burch Prize for her presentation “Whose security? The contest over food security in Australia’s National Food Plan and Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper”.

Conference reminder: Agrifood Conference 2014, Sydney

The registration deadline for the 2014 Australasian Agrifood Research Network conference in Sydney is getting close – the deadline for registering is 1st November 2014. All are welcome, you don’t have to be presenting a paper to attend the conference and events.

There are fabulous social events organized by the Sydney team – the field trips, and the dinner. The fieldtrips this year offers a celebration of food in the city, and various sumptuous delights, including the company of TV presenter and foodie Indira Nadoo. The dinner is set to be a special occasion, and as always, one of the not-to-be-missed highlights of the conference.

If you have already registered, and wish to retrospectively add a fieldtrip or the dinner, you still can through the conference website.