Author Archives: Mary Beth Schmid

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?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/nyregion/cuomo-to-ban-fracking-in-new-york-state-citing-health-risks.html

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 http://blog.cifor.org/25594/landscape-game-online-app-greed-is-good-green-is-better and http://cifor.org/landscapegame

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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: sgibbings@wlu.ca. 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<http://mosesorganic.org/projects/rural-womens-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 http://mosesorganic.org/conference/registration-info/ (with some cost savings):  Jan. 18.
-  Scholarship deadline Dec. 21; more info here<http://mosesorganic.org/conference/scholarships/

Questions? Contact Lisa Kivirist, Coordinator of  MOSES Rural Women’s Project http://mosesorganic.org/projects/rural-womens-project

Anthropologists and ActionAid USA

ActionAid USA is interested in collaborating with anthropologists conducting research on land, agriculture, food, and the environment whose work is useful in making an impact on public policy. We are an affiliate of ActionAid International, a federation headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, working in 45 countries.

From our Washington DC office we advocate for policies that support agro-ecological methods and small-scale food producers around the World, and fight against policies which permit or encourage land and resource grabs.  We are working to stop biofuels mandates which have a negative impact on sustainable land-use and the right to food, as well as for funding for climate justice.

As an anthropologist myself, I am well aware that much anthropological and ethnographic research has policy implications but does not reach does the right audiences, even though there is a need for both local case studies and big picture  analysis in public policy making.   Recently, ActionAid USA has collaborated effectively on issues of biofuelsfood and land with scholars such as Timothy A. Wise at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

We produced versions of academic research for use in advocacy with policymakers in Congress, the Obama administration, the World Bank and the UN Committee on World Food Security. If you are conducting research on related issues, or have case studies you think would be useful in our policy advocacy, we would love to hear from you. Please contact doug.hertzler@actionaid.org.

Public Political Ecology Lab: Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples

The Public Political Ecology Lab now hosts blogs and photo-essays that contribute to a special series on the political ecology of extractive industries as they intersect with indigenous communities. Whether battles are taking place over oil and gas in Bolivia, Ecuador, or Canada, indigenous peoples are often at the forefront in efforts to “keep the oil in the ground” as a strategy to mitigate the ecological and social impacts of fossil fuel extraction. This is particularly relevant in the context of climate change. During the first 2 weeks of December 2014, governments, civil society and industry convened in Lima Peru to chart a way forward on climate change. It is also the first time the Conference of the Parties (COP) climate meeting has taken place in an Amazon country. Questions of indigenous rights and oil extraction were raised and discussed within and outside the COP. The work of political ecologists such as the ones contributing to this series can clarify some of the complex issues regarding extractive industries and indigenous peoples.

Please see special focus on The Political Ecology of Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples here and at the link below.

http://ppel.arizona.edu/?cat=65

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

EXTENDED DEADLINE APPROACHING – Proposals due December 20, 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.

Track Editors will each design two days of programming that creates opportunities for 15-45 conference participants. They will work closely with SANA leadership, as they recruit some submissions based in their own networks and reserve slots for submissions solicited through a forthcoming Call for Papers. We encourage themes that are broad enough to speak to an array of thinkers but specific enough to foster deep and coherent inquiry. In addition to standard paper panels, track organizers are invited to explore alternative formats for sessions such as: roundtables; response panels to previously-circulated papers; interlocutor sessions with informants or activists; keynote talks; keyword sessions; and field trips. Track editors may want to encourage pre-conference interactions (e.g., circulated papers, thoughts, shared documents, postings, etc.) so as to make conference interactions as substantive and productive as possible. The conference, perhaps best conceived as a kind of mini-school, is cumulative. It works best when participants make connections between sessions and thematic discussions build over the course of the two-day engagement. Each track should conclude with a meeting to identify emerging themes, keywords and observations that can be shared with all conference participants at the closing session.
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CfP Praxis and Critique: Liberation, Pedagogy, and the University

November 12-15, 2015
Salisbury University (Salisbury, Maryland)

In recent years, the problems and contradictions intrinsic to capitalist
society have resulted in a number of manifest, seemingly permanent, crises.
Many researchers, academics, and activists have seized on the urgency of
recent coalescing crises—from environmental degradation to economic
inequality, political instability to social unravelling, and beyond—in an
attempt to ameliorate and analyze the consequences of these dilapidated
social relations. The work of Herbert Marcuse aims to radically re-envision
social relations via critical theory as a way to formulate a praxis of
liberation. However, if we live in a society, as Marcuse puts it, “without
negation,” how shall this critical rationality be cultivated?
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food and agricultural law course work and advanced law degree in agricultural & food law

Note from Susan A. Schneider:

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law<http://law.uark.edu/llm> at the University of Arkansas School of Law now has both a face-to-face program in Arkansas and a distance track that offers our full curriculum remotely. While our LL.M. candidates get first priority in terms of course enrollment, we now also allow non-degree students to take our courses. JD students, lawyers, and graduate students in related disciplines are all welcome to apply to take one or more of our classes. Continue reading