CALL FOR PAPERS Eighth Annual Assembly of the Canadian Association for Food Studies

Eighth Annual Assembly of the Canadian Association for Food Studies:  At the Edge Exploring the Boundaries of Food Studies
June 1-4, 2013, University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its eighth annual assembly at the University of Victoria, Victoria (BC), from June 1–4, 2013 in conjunction with the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Founded in 2005, CAFS promotes critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems: production, distribution, consumption, and waste management. CAFS members are drawn from an array of disciplines including adult education, agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, health studies, home economics, human nutrition, geography, literature, psychology, philosophy, policy studies, public health, rural studies, sociology, social work and urban planning. CAFS membership is open to academics, students, policy makers, community workers, professionals, practitioners, and others interested in food studies research.

CAFS recognizes the need for interdisciplinary research on food issues both within and outside of academia in response to societal needs such as informing policy makers, assessing the outcomes of community-based work, and demonstrating the health, social, cultural, spiritual and environmental impacts of food systems.

The 2013 CAFS conference theme, which reflects the Congress theme, is “At the Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Food Studies.” Our subject matter involves the bridging of many disciplines, ideas, places, and people. “At the edge” represents our individual and collective exploration of these boundaries—of disciplines, methods, forms of collaboration—and our sense of the need to embrace the periphery. The theme of “at the edge” encourages us to reflect on the realities of social inequality and how we can aim for greater inclusivity by bringing more marginalized voices to the centre of food studies. This relates to how we position food studies at larger scales—in broader social, academic, and policy debates—and how food may engage diverse actors, voices, and perspectives.

We invite submissions that deal with these “at the edge” questions within (but not limited to) food production, consumption and renewal, regional and local foodscapes, relationships between urban practices and rural environments, as well as investigations from community development to interdisciplinary education to crossings of art, technology, and food.

We also encourage proposals dealing with the following ongoing CAFS interests as they relate to interdisciplinary aspects of food or food studies:

–– program or project evaluation
–– research or funding directions
–– research methodology and practice
–– politics and policy
–– the political economy of food and agriculture
–– ecological food and agriculture environments
–– the sociology and culture of consumption
–– activism, art and media
–– gender, ethnicity/race, class and justice
–– food insecurity and hunger
–– sustainability
–– food culture or history
–– food ethics or philosophy

SUMMARY Deadlines
Paper proposals: January 13, 2013
Pecha-kucha proposals: January 13, 2013
Exploration Gallery: March 30, 2013

For more information, please visit this site: Canadian Association for Food Studies