Author Archives: Nick Kawa

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 ?<>

Whole Earth Summit online event March 11-13, 2014

By Janell Kapoor

EVENT ALERT [Free & Online]: 42 extraordinary visionaries<>, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Charles Eisenstein, Joel Salatin, the founders of the Small Planet Fund, Living Building Challenge, Transition Town, Pachamama Alliance, Bioneers, Appropedia, Kid’s Right to Know, Wise Women Tradition, and many others are joining together to share valuable insights around food, water, the commons, ecological activism, regenerative design, social transformation, collective vision and practical models for making a difference.

The Whole Earth Summit airs March 11-13. Free registration is now available online<>.

Participants will have access to conversations with all 42 presenters–some of the world’s leading changemakers who will be sharing their stories, strategies and visions for a whole earth.

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ExtrACTION Topical Interest Group

The ExtrACTION Topical Interest Group

Message from: Liz Olson

We are continually seeking contributions from Culture & Agriculture
Members. Please send your ideas and inquiries to myself or co-editor Greg de St Maurice (

The ExtrAction TIG will meet at SfAA on Friday, March 21 from 1:30-2:30 in
the Presidential Suite.

AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Deadline Extended to March 1

The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship of $10,000. The annual AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship is intended to encourage members of U.S. racialized minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations. Dissertation topics in all areas of the discipline are welcome. Doctoral students who require financial assistance to complete the write-up phase of the dissertation are urged to apply.

The deadline to apply has been extended to March 1st. Please visit our website<> for more information.

Botanical Ontologies: A Cross-Disciplinary Forum On Human-Plant Relationships

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

May 16-17, 2014

The inaugural ‘Botanical Ontologies’ conference seeks to bring together
postgraduate students from across the humanities, social sciences, and
biological sciences to critically address, challenge, and rethink the
seemingly simple question: How do we know what we know about plants? The construction of plant knowledge systems is increasingly a matter of interest across a broad range of disciplines, from the ethnosciences to philosophy. By ‘plant knowledge systems’ we refer to the biological, medicinal, social, and cultural information about plants observed, stored, transmitted, and used by humans. Recent questions concerning ‘ontology’ in socio-ecological systems have enlivened these debates. ‘Botanical ontologies’–as we speculatively term them–vary widely, stretching from Linnaean taxonomies to indigenous origin myths, yet regardless of origin they structure the relationships between plants and humans. In this conference we will consider these plant-people interrelationships by bringing into dialogue perspectives and case studies from Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Geography & the Environment, History, and Plant Sciences. Far from an academic exercise, this conference contends that discussion about these plant-human relationships go beyond the ephemeral: they are necessary for the preservation (and protection) of local vegetation diversity and the knowledge systems that go with them.

Conference website:

*Deadline for abstracts has been extended to 10 March 2014.*