Invitation to Participate in a new C&A collaborative blog project: Notes from the Field 2014

 The Culture & Agriculture section of the AAAs is beginning our “Notes from the Field” collaborative blog project this summer. We invite all members of C&A who will be conducting research in the field this summer to participate. This includes, but is not limited to, undergraduate students, graduate students and professors alike. We hope that this inclusive project will provide a space for conversing about field experiences, fresh research, and possibly lead to more collaborative projects.
Contributions to Notes from the Field will be posted as they are received. Please email all submissions to Mary Beth Schmid (the current C&A webmaster), mary.beth.schmid@uky.edu . The submissions will be reviewed and posted in a timely manner throughout the summer. We are hoping to post at least one entry a week throughout June and July. I will send out reminders about this project throughout the summer through our listserv.
Contributions can include videos, photo essays as well as written essays. There is a 2,500 word limit. This is a forum meant to encourage discussions and to give people a chance to introduce and work out ideas for articles and other larger pieces of work. Please feel free to be creative and to send in shorter pieces.
At any point throughout the year, you can email the C&A webmaster to request that links and/or current news regarding anthropology, culture, and agriculture be posted on our blog. If you have any questions or concerns, email Mary Beth at the email address provided above.

FAO- Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion

Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/

Digest No. 1105
17 April 2014
Discussion 100
Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women?s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?
Until 6 May 2014

How to participate:
Send your contribution to
FSN-moderator@fao.org
www.fao.org/fsnforum
FAO

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National Technical Advisor for Food and Agriculture

Description: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the leading providers of high quality programming for refugees resettling to the United States.  The mission of the IRC’s US Programs (USP) Department is to create opportunities for refugees to survive and thrive in America.  The IRC’s USP Department currently provides services in 22 U.S. cities and through the IRC’s Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in East Asia. The USP portfolio is built around six core program sectors: resettlement, economic empowerment, access and legal rights, education and learning, health and wellness and community integration and development. With over 600 staff and 3,500 volunteers in the US Programs department, IRC serves over 30,000 refugees and immigrants in the US each year, among them 8,750 newly resettled refugees.

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Last minute spot for 2014 AAA session: Addressing Agriculture and Climate Change

We have a last minute spot available for the session below. Please contact Colin West (ctw@email.unc.edu) and Caela O’Connell (caela@live.unc.edu) with your proposed topic asap for consideration.

Addressing Agriculture and Climate Change: When we discuss the potential hazards and horrors of climate change the topics of migration, flooding, human epidemics, and intense weather events dominate conversation and research. The subjects of agricultural and climate change, and consequently food security have received far less attention from anthropologists. From subsistence farmers in the the Andes to commercial producers in Australia, producing food is increasingly under pressure from multiple factors related to climate change. This panel aims to bring the growing effects of climate change on agricultural communities into focus. From coping with increasing frequency in hazards to the changing and more virulent presentations of pests, diseases, and susceptibility in food crops, agricultural producers are facing intensified pressures to produce food and maintain their cultural practices and livelihoods. We seek to go beyond anthropological work documenting responses to meteorological phenomena and shifts in meaning and belief systems related to climate change. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, our panel showcases anthropologists involved in collecting socioecological data to assist with tracking, modeling, adapting, and documenting climate change for agricultural communities.

Last minute session on theorizing “local food”

Several of us are proposing a session a the last minute on theorizing
“local food”.  The draft session abstract is below.  If you think you may
be interested, please send a note to john.brett@ucdenver.edu.  Note, though
that I will be out of email range until Sunday afternoon but I’ll respond
as soon as I can.  Thank you, John
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Peasants and Politics: Virtual Special Issue

The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Part of our series of initiatives to commemorate the anniversaryof JPS is the publication of virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies.

The second in the series is JPS 40: Peasants & Politics. This collection
highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal
over the past four decades on peasant politics. We are launching it during
the week of 17th of April to coincide with the International Day of Peasant
Protest.

The articles will be free to access via this URL:

http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/fjps-peasants-and-politics-vsi.

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The Institute for Food and Development Policy (aka Food First) seeking Development Director

Development Director: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, is seeking a person to join the leadership team as a strategic team member who clearly values the essential relationship between fundraising and program development/ implementation.  This person must be committed to radical social change and to ending racism in the food system.
Food First is a research institute funded by individuals, bequests, grants, book sales, teaching and public speaking.  This broad funding mix allows the organization to take a strong, independent stance on food issues and to amplify the voices of social movements fighting for structural change.  Using the lens of food sovereignty and food justice, Food First has worked to expose myths about the causes of global hunger and poverty for 39 years.  The Development Director has an opportunity to play a significant role in the US and global food movement.

(See JOBS tab for more details)

2014 AAAs CfP: Plants & Health: Producing Anthropologies at the Human-Environment-Health Nexus

This session will showcase current ethnographic accounts of the ways that
people use plants for their health. The case studies may range from food
production systems, individual diet and nutrition, cultural food norms,
medicinal plants, and the relevance of plants for mental-social well-being.
Authors are welcome to employ diverse analytic frameworks, examples of
which might include: interpretive and constructivist, political-ecological,
and applied or participatory community-based research. The goal in this
session is to highlight some contemporary examples of how plants are
central to various aspects of healthy environments and healthy minds and
bodies. The ethnographic accounts of people, plants, and health in this
session will be of interest to medical and environmental anthropologists,
applied anthropologists, and allied disciplines.
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2014 AAAs: submit your panel and paper proposals to Culture & Agriculture

Hello:
This email serves as one last friendly encouragement for you to submit your panel and paper proposals to Culture & Agriculture for the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, D.C., December 3-7, 2014. Culture and Agriculture invites proposals for Invited Sessions,
Volunteered Papers, Posters and Sessions, Roundtables or Installations.

*All submissions must be completed by April 15th at 5 pm (EST).* For more information and to submit your proposal, visit: http://aaanet.org/meetings/index.cfm

Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Best regards,

Seth
2014 C&A Program committee

2014 AAAs CfP: Livestock as “Insurance”? Compensation and Economism in Narratives of Agricultural Development

The category of “savings and insurance” is common in rural appraisals about the stated objectives for keeping livestock.  A great body of work within anthropology refers to livestock as a bank-like repository of wealth, but the concept of insurance continues to be applied to the ownership of animals without much scrutiny. By looking at how people rely on entitlements to livestock as way to protect against losses, anthropologists are situated to clarify if and how “insurance” translates in the context of local institutions. This panel seeks to bring together research from various contexts to ask substantive questions about the role of livestock in the social relations of liability. Continue reading