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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 ( 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:

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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Food Sovereignty: a critical dialogue

Message from Marc Edelman:

For those who have been following the ‘food sovereignty: a critical dialogue’ process starting in September 2013 at Yale University and in January 2014 in ISS in the Hague – whether you attended one of the conferences, or followed the process electronically, or read the papers, or read about it on Facebook or Twitter, here are some important updates – and excellent resource materials! The critical dialogue continues… Please feel free to circulate the information.

*Food Sovereignty video clips now available!*

Academics, activists, farmers, and more gathered for the conference “Food
Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” – held twice: on 14-15 September 2013 in
Yale University, USA, and on 24 January 2014 at the International Institute
of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague. It brought together the world’s
leading scholars and activists, both sympathetic and supportive of the idea
of food sovereignty, as well as those highly skeptical of the concept. They
fostered a critical dialogue on the issue examining its various meanings,
interpretations, and political implications.

You will find a selection of the presentations (30 video clips!) held during the conferences at Yale University in September 2013 and at ISS in January 2014 by clicking this URL:

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Critical Studies on Food in Italy (CSFI)

CSFI Summer Program information:

DURATION: 5-WEEK Full Immersion Summer Program
WHEN: 19 MAY 2014 – 21 JUNE 2014

The program is open to all majors, University of Massachusetts Amherst and
non-University of Massachusetts Amherst students.

Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits) COURSE
Food media, communication and trends (3 credits) COURSE
Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits) COURSE
Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits) COURSE
Intensive Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 126 (6 credits) COURSE Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits) COURSE

For more information about the program, tuition and cost of the program,
please visit:

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USDA report on Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.

Report by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERR-162) Feb. 2014

Black Farming, Self Determination and Resilience: An Interview with activist and researcher Monica White, PhD

Black Farming, Self Determination and Resilience: An Interview with activist and researcher Monica White, PhD

By Dara Cooper, Contributing Editor, Environment, Food, and Sustainability

Editor’s Note:

As an activist working on food justice, I have a very personal experience with systemic poverty, disenfranchisement, violence and Black land loss. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents owned land in the south, grew food, and experienced relative material success; then had their land either stolen or burned down by the state and racist vigilantes. Unfortunately, narratives like this are far too common among Black communities in America leaving many of us with memories of sharecropping, wage theft, violence, and lynchings. As I work to reconnect people of color with food production, I have come to realize how important it is to also remember the resistance and agency of Black farmers historically and present day.

Dr. Monica White  through her work on Black farmers and liberation movements taught me (or reminded me, because it was in my ancestral memory) that there is a very powerful relationship between African Americans and the land that must be remembered. The land is, was, and has always been our healing space and our means of liberation and resistance. Dr. White reminds us that many organizations such as the Federation of Southern Cooperatives have fought and continue to fight to protect that memory and legacy of self- determination.

As millions of low-income communities and communities of color struggle to access quality food, organizations like the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) are working to build food security while simultaneously reclaiming a sense of agency and self-determination in the food system among African descendants. Continue reading ?<>