Thursday, June 13, 2013

Upcoming Food Conferences, Calls for Food Papers and Food Presentations

Dear Readers,

The weather has been wonderful and crops of all types are flourishing! Some farmers are having trouble getting into their wet fields, which is very unlike last year when we were experiencing high dry temperatures.

I hope some of you get to these events.


Association for the Study of Food and Society (The ASFS) was founded in 1985, with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first was in 1987 and since 1992, the meetings have been held jointly with the organization: Agriculture, Food & Human Values.
Working with Bloomsbury Publishing, the organization produces the quarterly journal, Food Culture & Society.
Upcoming event
Toward Sustainable Foodscapes and Landscapes
Join us for the Joint 2013 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN).
Wednesday June 19 – Saturday 22, 2013
Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michagan
More Conference Details Here

CALL FOR PAPERS. Thirtieth International Social Philosophy Conference. Sponsored by The North American Society for Social Philosophy. July 11 – July 13, 2013. Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to the theme of Food.
Possible subthemes:
• Food and climate change
• Food and the environment
• A human right to subsistence
• Food and development assistance
• Feminist concerns over the meaning and implications of food and its production
• Food and (neo)-colonialism
• Food and the implications of government-supported health care
• The impact of war and violent conflict on food production and consumption
• The politics of food production and consumption
• Oppression and Food
• GMO/technology foods
• Food-related disorders (anorexia, obesity, bulimia)
• Food security
We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we do require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted.

CALL FOR PAPERS. The Graduate Journal of Food Studies is now seeking submissions for its first edition.
In coordination with the Gastronomy program at Boston University, the Graduate Journal of Food Studies is an international student-run and refereed journal dedicated to encouraging and promoting interdisciplinary food scholarship at the graduate level. Published bi-yearly in digital form, the journal is a space for promising scholars to showcase their exceptional academic research. The Graduate Journal of Food Studies hopes to foster dialogue and engender debate among students across the academic community. It features food-centric articles from diverse disciplines including, but not limited to: anthropology, history, sociology, cultural studies, film studies, gender studies, economics, art, politics, pedagogy, nutrition, philosophy, and religion.
You can find more information about the journal here ( Not a graduate student? Perhaps you can help spread the word to interested parties. The first edition will be published Fall ’13 and the deadline for consideration of review is August 1, 2013. Any questions can be directed to editor Brad Jones (

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS. 2nd Global Conference. Making Sense of: Food. Monday 4th November 2013 – Wednesday 6th November 2013. Athens, Greece.
‘You are what you eat’ is a saying that usually signifies the influence of diet on health and well-being. When we turn this adage around – ‘What you eat is what you are’ – we see more clearly the broader implications of our ways with food. Our history and culture as well as our economic and social circumstances determine, and in turn are reflected in, the nature of our food consumption. The same applies to our personal beliefs and predispositions. Eating is an everyday necessity – and yet there is an immense variety in the manner in which we nourish ourselves.
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