2015 SEA CONFERENCE
TECHNOLOGIES AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF ECONOMIES
April 9th – 11th, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Professor Barbara Mills, University of Arizona
Keynote Lecture Title: “Migration, Skill, and the Transformation of Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic Southwest”
CALL FOR PAPERS
We seek papers that explore different historical and spatial “sites” where technologies, economies and social-cultural life intersect in powerful ways. Potential themes for exploration include: the linkages between the historical development of technologies, economic systems, and social-cultural change; the role of technology in exchange and trade; livelihoods and technology; technological innovations, choices, and political economic strategies; information technology and economic development; ontological questions of economic life in the technological age, and methodological issues in the study of technologies and economies. The topic is inherently interdisciplinary, demanding diversity in temporal scale, analytical unit and theoretical orientation, and thus we welcome submissions from socio-cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, economists, geographers, sociologists, historians, and applied and practicing social scientists.
The submission deadline is currently open. We may set a deadline in the forthcoming months if enough interest is generated to publish a full issue on the topic. Please let me know if you are aware of cutting-edge labor relations work being done that might inform public policy and practice in food systems.
Editor in chief, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
online at http://www.agdevjournal.com
Submission Deadline: in 2015 (specific date to be determined)
From migrant laborers and apprentices in our fields, to cutters in meatpacking plants and line workers in restaurants and food service, the world’s food system is balanced on the backs of a oft-neglected group of people. The food system may be the largest employer in the world, yet there is a dearth of research on the subject of labor in the food system – especially research that informs practical solutions. This might include the identification and testing of effective empowerment strategies, best practices, win-win relationships, and changed power dynamics.
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) welcomes submission of papers that build on descriptions of the scale and scope of the labor problems (e.g., working conditions and well-being), but go beyond this to more fully inform our understanding of food systems labor solutions. Examples of papers include:
SIEF in Zagreb, Croatia
21-25 June 2015
Olive futures: ethnographies of a delicious kind
Convenors: Bilge Firat (Istanbul Technical University)
James Verinis (Salve Regina University)
From the perspectives of agricultural economic regimes as well as human
diet, cultural fantasies, and political struggles, olive fruit and its
derivatives in liquid and solid forms have always constituted a significant
ecological niche. With the opening up of alternative markets such as in the
USA, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Russia and China in recent years, olive
fruit and its oil experienced an upsurge in trade in recent years and are
once again at the epicenter of world cultural economy, affecting the lives
of olive and olive oil producing, consuming, and trading countries,
regions, and their peoples alike. Behind abstracted figures and statistics
on the production, exchange and consumption of olive fruit and its cosmetic
as well as culinary products, however, lie a whole other world of sweat and
blood of people whose lives have been touched vis-?-vis the domestication
of the olive tree throughout recent millennia. This panel seeks to bring
together scholars and students of the cultivation, exchange and consumption
of olive tree products from around the world, especially from the countries
bordering the Mediterranean Sea. We invite scholars and students of olive
cultures to share their ethnographic knowledge of the cross-border
production and circulations of olive cultures and commodities, probing the
limits of regional cooperation and conflict in olive regions. Ethnographic
contributions that are inspired by different theoretical and conceptual
approaches such as the world-system theory, political ecology, political
economy, and cultural history and heritage studies and that experiment with
a variety of data collecting techniques ranging from participant
observation to policy analysis are particularly welcome.
Applications to the Halperin Memorial Fund for 2015 are due by December 15, 2014. Submit to email@example.com
Questions: Martha Rees or Judith Marti (email above)
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RAFI-USA is seeking applications for two Americorps VISTA positions: Local Food Access Ambassador (based in Asheville) and Community Outreach Coordinator (based in Pittsboro). Deadline 12/15/14.
For the Local Food Access Ambassador position, RAFI-USA is seeking applicants with farmers market experience, experience working with SNAP/EBT participants and low income consumers, and/or Social Services. The Rural Advancement Foundation International cultivates markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.
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disClosure is an annual thematic publication dedicated to investigating
and stimulating interest in new directions in contemporary social theory. The
forthcoming Spring 2015 issue will address concerns over Market Failures,
Famines, and Crises. The journal will include a variety of media including
scholarly essays, poetry and visual art.
Potential submissions may explore topics regarding the changing functions,
configurations, and meanings of market crises and famines in our society;
our understanding of the relationship between the economy, culture and
territorial power in formulating theories of markets; how crises and
famines get defined, by whom, and the ways they are practiced in different
states and economies in the world.
Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA)
All Programs Are 6 Weeks July 21 To August 1, 2015
OSEA provides field study abroad programs in Maya Yucat?n. Ethnography
Field School provides experiential hands on training in learning
ethnographic methods in contexts of community action research and service