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: https://tedxmanhattan.wufoo.com/forms/tedxmanhattan-2015-award-application/
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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 buylocalfood.org or contact Devon Whitney-Deal at devon@buylocalfood.org 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 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.