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Food Utopias, (Mature) Care, and Hope – published

Congratulations to AFRN member Paul Stock on the publication of his article Food Utopias, (Mature) Care, and Hope in The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food.

Here is his abstract for the article:
The current period is one of worry and concern over collapse. While many still go hungry, we anticipate a future of food without farmers. Yet in the wake of multiple disasters, the new can emerge. With a focus on food systems centred on care, utopias provide us with tools for dialogue that communicate problems, but also point to possible pathways forward. Following a theory of (mature) care focused on agri-food, food utopias offers a trialectic of critique, experimentation, and process to shape agri-food scholarship of the hopeful, care-centred stories of food and transformation. In combination with ideas about agri-food systems futures, this paper offers examples of care and food utopias from the US Midwest. This is an invitation to combine feminist ideas of care theory and food utopias scholarship that can help broaden our understanding of justice and scholarship around food, farmers, community, and feeding the world.

Stock, P. V. (2021) “Food Utopias, (Mature) Care, and Hope”, The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. Paris, France, 27(2), pp. 89–107. doi: 10.48416/ijsaf.v27i2.92.

CALL FOR PAPERS – SPECIAL ISSUE: Eating in the anthropocene: Learning the practice and ethics of food politics (Journal of Policy Futures in Education)

In a food-era that is in critical need of change, there is transformative potential in the way we construct knowledge around, and perform food practices. The politics of these potentials are embedded in structural economic systems, which serve to part-regulate diverse food ethics and practices. This call for papers is interested in bringing class-based political economy accounts into conversation with approaches that focus on ethics, pedagogy and new forms of attunement. This special issue aims to dismantle oversimplified thinking that constructs alternative vs. conventional food, or, ethical vs. unethical food, amounting to false binaries of good/bad food and consequently good/bad producers or consumers of such foods. An interdisciplinary approach helps us to further interrogate the change potential of these relations in both lay and academic thought and practice. The link between ethical systems, education, and practice is underexplored in food scholarship, and pedagogy of food ethics is a potential location of new political imaginations to inform and re-energise our thinking and practice of food. Sites of change therefore could be where: food ethics is learned, taught and practiced differently; food practice is learned and taught with a different ethics; food pedagogy is practiced and ethicised differently, and the processes in between.

This special issue calls into question: How is learning about/of food relevant to transformative ethical practice? How might we approach multifaceted food issues and political projects (e.g., animal ethics and environmental ethics, to name a couple) through different ways of learning and knowing about food, and different food practices? How might we understand the world in ways that can engender transgression or difference as a counterpolitics to particular food behaviours in the production, distribution and consumption of food? Are there practices of teaching that catalyse a different ethics and/or practice of food? In what ways can new food knowledge transform societies, subjectivities, and ways of organizing?

The journal seeks articles that address the challenges, opportunities, and experiences of learning, teaching, and/or practicing ethics of food politics. Theorised, empirical studies that illustrate embodied, practice-based ethics are welcomed.

Examples of possible topics include:

  • Pedagogy (formal or informal) in food practice and ethics
  • Interrogations of the concept of ethical universals in food (including practice, teaching, learning)
  • Philosophical perspectives that tease out contradictory identity politics
  • Communicating food ethics
  • Situating knowledges of food ethics through practice
  • Ethical teaching of food politics
  • Co-learning/ peer-to-peer learning of food ethics and practice
  • Translation of food practice and ethics beyond self



Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 1st, 2017. 

Please email your abstracts to the Guest Editor, Emma Sharp 

Invitations to submit full paper made by: August 30th, 2017. 

Deadline for submission of full paper:  November 15th, 2017 following the guidelines at: http://pfe.sagepub.com

Full papers should be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pfie

Final inclusion of the paper is dependent upon double-blind peer review.


250 to 300 word abstracts. Paper length should be maximum 5,000 words (including references).


‘Policy Futures in Education’ is a peer-reviewed international journal that is futures-oriented and committed to promoting debate in education among university academics, practising policy analysts in government and local government, national and international policy advisors, politicians, members of policy think-tanks and world policy agencies such as the World Bank, OECD and the European Union.

Publishing opportunity: Journal of Asian Rural Studies (JARS)

The Journal of Asian Rural Studies (JARS) is published by the Asian Rural Sociology Association in collaboration with Hasanuddin University. The Journal is an open journal system and publishes all articles related to rural studies in general. All articles publish in this journal will be reviewed.

The first volume/issue has been launched on January 2017. The next issue will be July 2017. JARS invites you to publish your original work. There is no publication fee for this issue. For more details please visit the JARS website.

The manuscripts should be sent to :
jars-arsa@gmail.com cc: saleh.assofie@gmail.com before June 5, 2017.

Special Issue of Georgraphical Research

The invitation for papers for a proposed Special Issue of ‘Geographical Research’: Food and nutrition insecurity in the Global South: Geographical perspectives is now open.

This special issue will be edited by Bill Pritchard (University of Sydney), Heather Mackay (Umeå University, Sweden) and Christopher Turner (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK). The purpose of this Special Issue is to showcase important recent work being done by geographers, often in collaboration with researchers from cognate disciplines, in documenting and analysing patterns of food and nutrition insecurity within populations of the Global South.  Its impetus comes from the proliferation of large-scale multi-disciplinary projects on this topic over recent years, in which geographers have often made important, though not always fully heralded, contributions. Researchers with backgrounds in nutrition policy, agricultural science and agricultural economics frequently take lead roles in projects, with outputs often tending to be published in journals from those fields. Through this Special Issue, geographical inputs, methods and analytical perspectives will be put in centre-stage.

We invite geographers to submit paper proposals for this Special Issue. Our preference is for papers that report findings from large-scale survey or GIS analysis, or papers in which geographers comment on their role within multi-disciplinary teams. Of course, all papers go through usual refereeing requirements for publication. For more information, please contact Bill Pritchard before the end of November 2015.

IJSAF: Call for papers

International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Special issue: Global shocks, changing agricultural policy and the viability of rural communities

Guest editors: Hilde Bjørkhaug and Katrina Rønningen, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, Norway.

Hilde.Bjorkhaug@bygdeforskning.no, Katrina.Ronningen@bygdeforskning.no

Recent global shocks and perceptions of their dimensions – uncertain food stocks, the aftermath of the last financial crisis and the new crisis many now are facing, reconstruction of stable economies, climate change and extreme weather events, energy pricing and shortage – all influence state dispositions and priorities regarding agriculture and food production. Given this, they also impact the future of rural areas. This special issue of IJSAF engages with this issue at several levels.

First, what are the prospects for a new political-international regime, where the moral and economic imperatives increasingly focus on food production? Could the environment and rural communities be protected from extreme market fluctuations?

In Europe and some other places, multifunctional agricultural policies have, in addition to securing food production, been designed to also support other outcomes, primarily sustaining rural communities, landscapes, biodiversity and cultural heritage. In these agricultural policies, multifunctional agriculture has been seen as the industrial backbone of the rural community and the basis for the diversification and development of new rural businesses. Others have criticized such policies for propping up unviable European producers and disadvantaging struggling farmers in developing nations. Policy instruments in Europe and elsewhere are now moving towards a decoupling of support away from agricultural production towards rural development, land stewardship and rural housing. This special issue of IJSAF examines the effects of multifunctional policies within and outside Europe; and how multifunctionality is being taken up and adapted in other parts of the world as part of a response to pressing environmental issues. Will we see a continuing rise of green and /or rural subsidies? What kinds of instruments are viewed as legitimate?

Secondly at a different level, what are the consequences of changing agricultural policy for rural communities? Is agriculture necessary to sustain them or vice versa? Is agriculture sustainable without rural communities? Changing conditions for agriculture require new and innovative ways of creating a rural livelihood for those who want to live a rural lifestyle. What are the preconditions for the sustainability, and/or creation, of rural diversity? Do existing regulations and property structures enable new rural development? What are the consequences of changing land use for landscapes, cultural heritage and biodiversity?

The third level is related to the situation for rural populations under different policy regimes. This includes indicators such as gender, age profile, poverty, health, exclusion, class and culture. Who stays, who leaves and who enters rural areas under shifting policies?

Authors are invited to submit an abstract addressing empirical and theoretical issues related to global shocks, changing agricultural policy and the viability of rural communities reflecting the parameters indicated above.

Abstracts will be selected based on quality and whether they fit into a coherent issue.


15 June 2012: Submission of abstracts (300 words)

1 July 2012: Notification to authors if abstracts have been selected for special issue

1 November 2012: Submission of full papers (6000-8000 words)

1 March 2013: Reviewer comments to authors

1 June 2013: Submission of final revised papers by authors to editors

October 2013: Publication

Submission of Abstracts

Please send your abstracts by 15 June 2012 to: Hilde Bjørkhaug Hilde.Bjorkhaug@bygdeforskning.no

Abstracts should include a title, list of authors, contact details, a concise description of the envisioned paper, an identification of the relationship between the envisioned paper and at least one of the suggested themes, and up to five keywords. Full papers are expected by 1 November 2012 after which they will be sent out for peer review. A decision on the papers will be communicated to the authors by the editors by 1 March 2013. Publication is expected in October 2013.