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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2015 TEDx Manhattan Award

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” welcomes your submission for our 2015 TEDx Manhattan Award, to be given out live at the March 7, 2015, TEDxManhattan event.

The application can be found at:
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CISA workshops

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is holding a seven-workshop series on Branding & Communication Strategies from January-March 2015. This series will provide farmers and business owners with effective communication strategies and one-on-one support to implement and improve direct marketing communications. Although examples in the workshop will be farm related, the skills and methodology will be relevant to all businesses. Participation in the whole series is encouraged, and to be eligible for free one-on-one support, you must attend a minimum of four workshops. Dinner will be served at each session. The cost to attend the series is $80 for CISA’s Local Hero members, or $15 each for individual workshops. The non-member fee is $100 for the series, or $18 each for individual workshops.

Register online at or contact Devon Whitney-Deal at or (413) 665-7100 ext. 22

In addition, CISA is offering three Advanced Marketing sessions January – March

Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods

The American University of Rome (AUR) and the American Academy in Rome (AAR) will be holding a Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods on October 2, 2015.

The Conference is organized in collaboration with the Economics, Management and Institutions Department of the University of Naples Federico II and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Pisa University and under the Patronage of Expo Milano 2015 and the European Society of Rural Sociology.

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Call for Presentations: 2015 UVM Food Systems Summit

The Right to Food: Power, Policy, and Politics in the 21st Century
June 16-17, 2015 | Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont (UVM) Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. This year, UVM is partnering with Vermont Law School?s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems to increase collaboration from the law and policy community. By doing so, we seek to foster transdisciplinary scholarship and cross-professional partnerships in order to further humanity’s efforts to feed itself and steward natural resources.
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Note from Jeanne Simonelli:

We are happy to announce a NYS fracking ban.  Will the NY Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) now have the continued nerve to deny the
401C pipeline permit to the Constitution Pipeline, which is the first
of the northeast pipeline projects to receive federal (FERC) approval?

Landscape Game

CIFOR is announcing the launch of the beta version of ‘Landscape Game,’ a video game that teaches the economic and environmental tradeoffs of land-use investments.

See more at and

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Assistant Editor Needed for City & Society

City & Society has an opening for an enthusiastic and engaged assistant
editor to work with the journal for three years with the option to advance
to associate editor. City & Society is the journal of the Society for
Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA). It aims to
foster debate and conceptual development in urban, nation, and
transnational anthropology, particularly in their interrelationships. It
seeks to promote communication with related disciplines of interest to
members of SUNTA, and to develop theory from a comparative perspective.

The assistant editor is responsible for reviewing manuscripts, identifying
external reviewers, and assisting the associate editor and editor with the
flow of production. The assistant editor will have knowledge of current
theoretical debates related to urban, national, and transnational
anthropology and a strong understanding of ethnographic research. He/she
will have knowledge of theoretical debates outside of anthropology as well.
In addition, the assistant editor will be a prompt and clear communicator,
well organized, comfortable with team work, and comfortable working with
online documents and spreadsheets.  Previous participation in City &
Society, active membership in SUNTA, or previous experience editing
academic manuscripts is preferred.

Please send your letter of interest, curriculum vita, and writing sample to
Sheri Gibbings: Our deadline for accepting applications
for the position is *January 10th, 2015*.

If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Gibbings, Assistant Editor,
City & Society.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Calling all women farmers, landowners and food entrepreneurs, educators and activists — look forward to seeing you at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference  Feb. 26-28 in beautiful LaCrosse, WI.   Full conference info here

For those who haven’t yet attended, the MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming with 3,000+ kindred spirits passionate about changing our food system and all with a healthy dose of spring fever.  Inspiring to say the least!

Below is a summary of our  MOSES Rural Women’s Project<> programming at the conference, providing resources, networking and collaborative opportunities for women farmers, educators, activists and entrepreneurs.  A special warm welcome to beginning women farmers.

Note a couple of deadlines:
- Early registration deadline (with some cost savings):  Jan. 18.
-  Scholarship deadline Dec. 21; more info here<

Questions? Contact Lisa Kivirist, Coordinator of  MOSES Rural Women’s Project