Author Archives: Mary Beth Schmid

CFP: Practical Farming in an Era of Climate ‘Adaptation’ (Deadline Extended)

Conference: Dimensions of Political Ecology (DoPE)
Lexington, KY.  February 26-28, 2015<>

Lilian Brislen (University of Kentucky), Kate MacFarland (USDA)

A 2013 report from the United States Department of Agriculture titled Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation? states, while framing its concerns in terms of ‘productivity’, that all production systems will be affected to some degree by climate change, and that Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the adaptive capacity of U.S. agriculture. (USDA 2013:6, emphasis added) Increased livestock and plant morbidity due to extreme temperatures, increased disease and pest pressure, increasing incidence of extreme weather events, soil erosion, and decreased water resources are all projected by the USDA to affect farm enterprises across the globe.  With a nod to Practical Farmers of Iowa, this session seeks to explore ‘Practical’ approaches to climate adaptation, which combine ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture with an attention to farmer livelihoods, and activities that emphasize collaboration across professional barriers of farmer/researcher/policymaker/community (PFI 2004).

Interested participants should send abstract no longer than 250 words along with paper title, author name/s and contact information, to Lilian Brislen ( by December 1st.  Invited participants will be informed by December 3rd. Accepted participants must also register at the conference website: by the extended registration deadline of December 5th 2014.

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic is seeking current law students

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic is seeking current law students for its Summer 2015 Summer Internship Program<>. This fast-paced, multi-faceted internship gives students the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, community groups, and government agencies on a wide range of food law and policy issues, and challenges them to develop creative legal and policy solutions to pressing food issues. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference to

Taylor Farms: Agribusiness strategies to keep workers under “temporary” status

Billion-dollar California salad company exploits undocumented migrants, say
workers and Teamsters…… Click the link below to read more.

Invitation to Society for Economic Anthropology Reception

American Anthropological Association
2014 Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C.

*Date*:        Friday, December 5, 2014.

*Time*:       8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

*Where*:   Omni Shoreham, Congressional B

Meet friends and colleagues!
Refreshments and Cash Bar

SANA 2015 Conference: Call for Track Proposals: Inequality, Equality, and Difference

DEADLINE APPROACHING – Proposals due November 14, 2014

The 2015 conference of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) will take place April 16-18 at John Jay College of the City University of New York with the theme “Inequality, Equality, Difference” (see below). The conference will be organized around several tracks, each comprising two days of sustained discussion and analysis around issues of key importance to North American society. We are now seeking proposals from individuals and groups to lead and develop tracks, which should relate to the overall conference theme.
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AAA Friday night joint reception

Pease considering joining the Friday (December 5, 2014)  9:00 PM-11:00 PM  reception co-sponsored by ABA-AFA-ALLA-AQA-SANA-SAW-SLACA-SUNTA in Ballroom Salon 3, Featuring DJ K’Ture


CFP DOPE2015: The production and circulation of value in, of, and through nature

DOPE conference: University of Kentucky / Lexington, Kentucky, February 26-28, 2015

Organizers:Patrick Bigger (University of Kentucky, Department of Geography), Kelly Kay (Clark University, Department of Geography), & Eric Nost (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geography)

Debates over the values and valuation of nature have recently returned to prominence in political ecology and cognate environmental social sciences (e.g. Robertson and Wainwright 2013). Renewed interest in the question of value is driven in large part by the widespread trend toward monetary valuation as the hegemonic strategy for environmental governance in the forms of payments for ecosystems services, climate markets, and the bundling of the well-being of nature, human and non-human, under the logics of ‘natural capital’. While political ecologists and their allies have produced compelling case studies on the idiosyncratic manifestations of value in markets designed to achieve environmental outcomes, this session seeks to build on this work to start developing a vocabulary for articulating the mechanisms by which value is created, circulated, and destroyed. Although the genesis of value has historically been located firmly in the realm of production, heterodox economic geographers (e.g. Christophers 2014), among others, have been reevaluating the conditions of value’s creation and realization with a particular emphasis on the circulation of immaterial goods. This rethink is happening in light of both pervasive financialization and the increasing popularity of cultural-economic or performative approaches to markets across a variety of political, institutional, and economic settings.  Recognizing these new approaches to value and the rapid expansion of nature-as-asset-class, it is time to make sustained engagements with theorizations of value under capitalism. This project carries importance not only for those concerned with environmental-financial markets, but for critical scholars of capitalism more generally because of the window that financialization of the environment opens for interpreting the roles of state, capital, and society in generating value in its multifarious guises. To this end, we seek papers that contribute to debates on the value and valuation of nature that are empirically grounded but ultimately offer conceptualization of the topic more broadly.
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CfP: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221- 0989 (Online) 

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by Center for Promoting Ideas, USA. The main objective of IJHSS is to provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. IJHSS aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social science and become the leading journal in humanities and social science in the world.

IJHSS is inviting papers for Vol. 4 No. 12 which is scheduled to be published on December 31, 2014. Last date of submission: November 30, 2014. However, an early submission will get preference in case of review and publication process.

Send your manuscript to the editor at

For more information, visit the official website of the journal

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FYI: Anthropologists Go Back To School (Wednesday Dec 3): Call for volunteers

Note from: Rachel Watkins, Ph.D.

Subject: Anthropologists go Back to School Program – 2014 meetings and beyond

We have the Anthropologists Go Back To School promotional information. This
is for Wednesday, Dec 3rd. Class starts at 8:45am (see Doodle poll below to select times that you would be available to volunteer).

Planning the 2014 Anthropologists Go Back to School program presented
opportunities for AAA to continue the program as part of the conference, as
well as opportunities that will allow us to actualize longer term goals we
have for the program. Our only regret is that the amount of time it took to
finalize arrangements with local schools did not jibe with the time needed
for many of you to make travel plans that included an early arrival to DC
to participate in site visits to schools.

With that said, below you will find options for participating in the
program associated with this year’s site visits, as well as future planning.
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CfP Abstracts to session: Sustainable Food Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective

This session is largely together but could use 2-3 more papers to round it
out. Panel for the Society of Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh

Interested presenters please send a 100 word abstract to Chelsea Wentworth ASAP. The final deadline is Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00pm.

Session Title: Sustainable Food Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective
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