Web Fellow Position – Apply by Sept. 15th!

The Culture & Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association aims to expand its on-line and social media presence. We wish to highlight the research and policy engagements of our members as well as to promote our peer-reviewed section journal, Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), within and beyond anthropological audiences. To this end, C&A has created a position for a tech savvy, anthropology scholar/practitioner to manage our site and, in conjunction with the Board and the CAFE editors, initiate new forms of electronic outreach. We envisage this position as particularly appropriate for an Anthropology doctoral candidate or new PhD with interests in agrifood systems, the environment, and digital media, but encourage anthropologists at any stage with appropriate background, skills, and predilections to apply. The position carries an annual award of $1500.00, with a possibility for renewal. Application materials: Please send a current cv with names of at least two referees (both academic and work-related preferred), and a letter of interest outlining relevant skills and experience. The letter should include suggestions for digital projects or activities to heighten and extend the appeal of C&A and CAFE. Examples of previous work are also invited. Please send materials to Lisa Markowitz (lisa.markowitz@louisville.edu). UPDATE: Deadline for applications is September 15, 2015.

Cannabis Event at the 2015 AAAs – Save the Date

As you plan for the American Anthropological Association meeting in November, save the date for a special cannabis tour and public engagement event sponsored by Culture & Agriculture, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, and the Anthropology Department of University of Colorado Denver. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 18th, from 4:30 until 9 pm. The annual meeting in Denver, Colorado provides a unique opportunity for anthropologists to engage with key leaders and residents to learn firsthand about the possibilities and risks accompanying legalized marijuana. For more info, click here.

2015 Robert M. Netting Award

Culture and Agriculture invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the 2015 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate and undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250, respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the editors of our section’s journal, CAFÉ (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment), toward the goal of revising the paper for publication. Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of Anthropology, and present data from original research related to livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production and forestry and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow American Anthropologist format style.

Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students. Students graduating in the Spring of 2015 are eligible. The submission deadline is August 31st, 2015. Submissions should be sent to: nckawa@gmail.com

CAFE Editor Search

Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, the twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal of Culture and Agriculture (a Section of the American Anthropological Association), is looking for a new co-editor, to begin in the fall of 2015.

Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) features anthropologically-relevant analyses of the human dimensions of environment, ecology, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, energy, water, food, nutrition, sustainability, and biodiversity.  In recent years, CAFE’s scope was expanded to include a broader set of environmental issues, as reflected in its title. CAFE publishes peer-reviewed material, as well as editorially reviewed commentary and reports, discussions of theoretical developments and methods of inquiry, results of empirical research, and book and film reviews.  CAFE encourages dialogue among scholars, activists, and practitioners working with the human dimensions of environmental concerns.
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Changes to CAFE Author Guidelines

Recently changes have been made in the Author Guidelines for submissions to CAFE. These changes are primarily related to word counts and the number of tables and figures permitted in submissions. Please make note of these changes if you are intending to submit a manuscript in the future. We look forward to seeing your work.

TT Position in Anthropology of Food Systems at Ohio State

Department: Anthropology
Position: Sustainability and Diverse Indigenous Food Systems
Rank: Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor

Description: The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or early associate professor level, commencing autumn semester 2015. We are seeking an anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on the sustainability of indigenous/traditional food systems and who has experience leading/working in interdisciplinary research teams that employ a mixed methods (qualitative/quantitative) approach. The faculty member will initiate new transformative research projects with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university’s research on resilient and sustainable food security. Areas of research focus may include (but are not limited to): agroecology, the drivers/impacts of loss and/or maintenance of crop or wild plant/animal biodiversity, the impact of global market penetration on the sustainability of indigenous food systems and/or the effects of national/international policies on the subsistence strategies of indigenous/traditional populations. The faculty member may also consider the broad impacts of transitions from subsistence to market-oriented production on community livelihood strategies and well-being. The ideal candidate has an active, field-based research program working with populations who continue to rely upon traditional subsistence activities within and/or outside of the United States. The candidate’s interests will be in areas that are compatible with the Ohio State anthropology program’s empirical orientation and emphases on ecology, evolution, adaptation, diet, and health in past and living populations.
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Women’s Conference in Clearwater, Fl

National Farmers Union and Annie’s Project invite you to our Women’s Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida January 17-21. We hope that you can join us or share this information with others who would be interested.

The conference offers trainings on leadership development, business management, risk management training, marketing and more. This is appropriate for all types of farmers, operators and ag. related businesses. We are offering both beginning and advanced breakout sessions on many topics such as finances and record keeping.
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AMI 2015 Farm Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to
participate in the fifth cohort of our AMI Farm Fellowship (formerly the AMS
Fellowship).  Applications are available at www.alleghenymountainschool.org
The deadline to submit your application is January 15, 2015.

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CfP: Third Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together

At Michigan State University

Food justice is a growing movement that has inspired both on-the-ground community projects and theoretical articulations across multiple disciplines. This workshop aims to facilitate scholars and practitioners coming together to share expertise around the challenges and opportunities in food justice. The two-day conference will include scholarly talks and visits to local environmental justice projects. Papers should be accessible to a public audience.

We invite proposals on the justice of practices such as:

  • Food security and food sovereignty
  • Local food, slow food, or other food-based social movements
  • International trade and regulation
  • Agricultural ecology and sustainability
  • Labor at all points in the food system
  • Non-human animals in agriculture
  • Food, diet, or cooking
  • Intersectional perspectives on food systems
  • Agricultural policy and food standards
  • Seeds and genetically modified foods

The workshop is intended as a transdisciplinary space to forge connections between theories and between theory and practice. Papers in disciplines such as anthropology, critical race studies, disability studies, indigenous studies, economics, gender and sexuality studies, geography, history, literary criticism, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, and the human dimensions of agricultural and environmental sciences are all encouraged. Particularly welcome are talks which bridge theory and practice.

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Environmental Justice: join the coal ash stakeholder briefing

Environmental Justice
Invitation to participate in an important stakeholder briefing about coal ash – TODAY

EPA will announce the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs/coal ash) from coal-fired power plants.

We invite you to join the stakeholder briefing led by Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, for an overview of the rule followed by a question and answer session.

To assist operators, please dial in 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. Details of the call can be found below:
*         Participant Toll-Free Dial-in Number: (866) 528-5873
*         Conference ID#: 55849554
*         When: Friday, December 19, 2014
*         Time: 3:30 p.m. EST

We encourage your participation in this important announcement. Detailed information on the rule will be available on our website tomorrow.

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