Tag Archives: Sociology

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Public Engagement with Agriculture

The Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring a new tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in public engagement with agriculture. The full listing, and instructions for applying, can be found here. Note: Applications must be submitted by September 30 to guarantee full consideration. 

The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in public perceptions of and engagement with agricultural science and technology, with a research focus that is relevant and impactful for the Wisconsin dairy industry and complements existing faculty strengths. This might include but is not limited to public perceptions of and public engagement with: the role of science and technology in agriculture, animal welfare, the relationship between animal agriculture and land/water stewardship, labor relations, policy making and regulation of dairy production and organization, consumer decision-making, the relationship between community health and animal agriculture, the history and development of supply chains, social equity and class dynamics surrounding food and agriculture, or public understanding of nutritional labels and content. Research with international and comparative dimensions is welcome.

This newly created position is supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. As a Hub-supported position, the faculty member will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Hub researchers, pursue Hub funding opportunities, and participate in Hub programs.

Questions about the position? Contact Professor Noah Weeth Feinstein.

SAANZ Conference: Early bird registration now open

Early bird registration for the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference 2022 is now open. The conference runs from 6-8 December at the Albany Campus, Massey University, New Zealand.

Other key dates to note are:
10 July – Call for panel closes
7 August – Call for papers closes
6 November – Early bird registration closes
7 November – Standard registration opens


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.

Journal of Sociology – Special Issue published

Congratulations to AFRN members Kiah Smith and Geoffery Lawrence on the publication of a Journal of Sociology Special Issue (Volume 58 Issue 2, June 2022) titled Transforming Rural Futures.

Kiah served as a guest editor. Kiah and Geoffery also co-authored the article Agri-food scholarship: Past, present and future contributions to Australasian rural sociology.

Here is an extract from the editorial for the Special Issue.

“Historically and now, the rural is frequently relegated to the periphery of broader public and policy debates, and within the discipline of sociology. At this moment in time, where the world needs radical re-imagining for the future, rural perspectives and realities must be visible and addressed. This article introduces a special issue of the Journal of Sociology which seeks to articulate how rural sociology is a crucial field of study for (re)imaging rural futures. In this article, we provide an overview of the research included in the collection, which draws much needed attention to some of the specific contemporary challenges encountered in rural places and some of the possibilities for transforming rural futures, and rural sociology. We argue that rural places are a key site where transformative change can, and does occur, and that rural sociologists are ideally positioned to work with and for rural communities in effecting desired change.”

The Special Issue can be accessed via the Journal of Sociology website.

Call for Papers: ISA RC40 MINI-CONFERENCE

The food system in the (post)pandemic world: Disruptions, vulnerability, resilience, and alternatives
ISA RC40 Mini-Conference
Leipzig, Germany
October 20-21, 2022

No conference fee but registration is required.

This in-person two-day conference welcomes submissions which engage with, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • How has the pandemic affected agri-food relationships, what kinds of disruptions have we observed, and what are the implications for power relations and existing inequalities? How has the pandemic affected people’s access to food, agricultural working environments, agricultural production, or climatic and ecological conditions across different contexts?
  • What vulnerabilities have emerged during the pandemic, for example, due to various COVID-19 restrictions and political measures, different forms of pandemic governance, changing power balances between food system actors, or financial and economic, and social stresses? How have people tried to cope with these vulnerabilities?
  • What new forms of resiliency have been emerging out of the pandemic situation? What creative solutions have people developed in the face of the pandemic, and what forms of resistance has the pandemic spurred? What can we learn from these resiliencies and resistances for working towards alternative food systems, and the imagination of different agri-food relationships in a (post-)pandemic world?
  • How can we make sense of the complexity of agri-food relationships during the pandemic? What methodological and theoretical challenges have we encountered, what new concepts and methods have emerged, and how can we address and integrate these within the sociology of agriculture and food and critical agri-food studies?

KEY DATES:
1 May 2022               : Deadline for abstract submissions
30 May 2022             : Announcement of accepted abstracts
15 June 2022            : Deadline for confirmation of attendance
1 July 2022               : Announcement of the Mini-Conference programme
20-21 October 2022 : Mini-Conference Days

To register or for more information, visit the mini-conference website.