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Call for papers: Frontiers in Communication

Toby Miller is coediting a special edition of Frontiers in Communication with the theme FOOD, MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT  – cultures, practices, policies.

The handling of different environmental risks has become an evermore present feature in contemporary society and challenges caused by climate change are among the most pressing issues. Climate change is caused by a number of factors, linked to political decisions as well as and human behaviour and choices we make in our everyday life. The food issue, and then especially the big negative impact of contemporary meat production and consumption, has frequently been pointed out as a major concern as well as a solution to the crisis. We are interested in the mediated communication of food and its implications. Addressing the issue of food and media also put a particular headlight towards the role of the citizens who in public discourse to an increasing degree is pointed out as the responsible party. This tendency can be seen in environmental discourse in general but is particularly clear in the field of food consumption. 

The issue of food is related to fundamental values and is an important part of several of the UN goals for a sustainable development: e.g. no hunger, good health and well-being, responsible production and consumption and climate action. We are interested in how food issues are communicated and framed in relation to sustainable development and then mainly climate change. We welcome contributions addressing different parts of the communication chain and studies on media production and content as well as studies of audiences/consumers and the way they engage (or not) with these issues. We also wish to address the relationship between, politics, media, science and the public.

The field of environmental communication has grown at about the same pace as the problem of climate change has been acknowledged globally as a major problem of our time and we now reach to science and environmental communication scholars to contribute with different perspectives on the issue of food and media.

Toby welcomes contributions in the wide range of problems concerning food discourses with a particular focus the on mediated environmental communication. 

Call for papers: Journal of Sociology

AFRN member, Kiah Smith, is co-editing a special issue of Journal of Sociology (2021): ‘Imagining rural futures in times of uncertainty and possibility: Progressing a transformative research agenda for rural sociology’.

The deadline for abstracts filling key gaps is 31 October 2019.

For more information, please view the flyer here.

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.

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.

Unsettling Food Politics: Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia

AFRN member, Christopher Mayes, has a new book titled Unsettling Food Politics: Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia. It is available for purchase (hardback and e-book) from most online outlets, as well as directly from the publisher.

The publishers have generously offered 60% off the hardback and 30% off the e-book price. Visit Christopher’s blog to access the code for the discount (only via the publisher’s website).

An extract of the book has been adapted for an article for ABC Religion & Ethics – ‘Is eating a settler-colonial act? Food justice and Indigenous sovereignty

Limited period free access to book

For a limited time, free access to the following publication has been granted. Please use this link to access Agri-environmental Governance as an Assemblage: Multiplicity, Power, and Transformation.

Edited by Jérémie Forney, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, Chris Rosin, Lincoln University, New Zealand and Hugh Campbell, University of Otago, New Zealand

Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

Agri-environmental governance has become a highly complex assemblage of actors and instruments, with multiple interrelations. This book addresses this complexity, challenging research both at the theoretical and methodological levels. It draws on multiple theoretical and methodological insights, drawing on case studies from Asia, Europe and the Americas and develops a renewed approach of AEG practices as assemblages.

Publication flyer