Thomas Marchione Prize

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition is pleased to announce an endowed award that honors the seminal work Dr. Marchione did on behalf of the poor and undernourished in academics and through his work as a Peace Corps volunteer, at The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, The Great Lakes Project on the Economic Crisis and USAID.  Made possible through generous donations of family and friends, this annual award will be given to a student whose work continues and expands Dr. Marchione’s efforts toward food justice, food security and access, and most directly, food as a human right.  Students applying for this award should demonstrate active and productive engagement with food security and food sovereignty issues.  The award can be in recognition of exemplary work already accomplished, in progress, or for proposed research in the field of food as a human right and the social justice aspects of food systems.  It should show concern for the poor and undernourished and a willingness to take an active role in working on behalf of food sovereignty.  Ideally, it would be given to those who are trying to work, in Dr. Marchione’s words, on “the best and more sustainable approaches to fulfill the right to food.”  Given Dr. Marchione’s legacy, preference will be given to proposals from students actively engaged in the central issues that animated his career as a scholar-activist. Continue reading

Seeking articles: SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal

SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal hosted at Virginia Tech invites scholarly work in all areas of social, political, ethical, and cultural thought for the Fall 2014 issue.


Note from Chris Cuomo, Ph.D. co-editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

*Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy*, on *Climate Change* co-edited by Nancy Tuana and Chris Cuomo features cutting edge interdisciplinary and philosophical essays on climate justice, ethical solutions and the politics of knowledge.

Generously, the journal’s publisher Wiley-Blackwell has set up an
interactive online forum to highlight the issues and to encourage
discussion of the essays and the crucial topics they raise. Our hope is
that in addition to scholarly discussion, policy-makers, activists, and
others engaged with critical engagement with the realities of climate
change will also feel welcome to participate.
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Feminist Studies Dept of Santa Cruz Seeking: tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Feminist Science Studies

The Feminist Studies Department at University of California at Santa Cruz seeks to make an appointment for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Feminist Science Studies.
Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete, and letters of recommendation received, by this date.
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August 18th: “How to Interview a Plant” Presented by the Multispecies Salon

When: Monday August 18th, 2014 / Tuesday August 19th for Australian

Where: CUNY Graduate Center, Science Studies Suite, Room 5307, 365 Fifth
Ave, New York, NY

Join this event via live webcast: Google Hangouts (Monday August 18th:
Austin 6pm, New York 7pm & Canberra/Sydney 9am on Tuesday August 19th)

Speakers: John Hartigan (University of Texas at Austin), Erica Seccombe
(Australian National University) & Eben Kirksey (UNSW)


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Job opportunity for Social Scientis at CIP

The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks an experienced social scientist, knowledgeable in the analysis of gender in agricultural development contexts, to coordinate implementation of the Gender Strategy of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income (RTB).

See JOBS tab above for more information.

64 Scientists call on NAS to add social scientists & international development experts to GMO panel

“, it is immediately 3 clear that the Committee will require the expertise
of a significant number of (1) social scientists, representing an array of
disciplines (rural and development sociology, geography, political economy,
political ecology, anthropology, macro-economics, history), (2) experts
representing a full range of professional backgrounds (law, ethics, public
and occupational health, trade, participatory community-based development,
etc.); (3) a more diverse set of biological, physical and medical/health
scientists capable of critically and fairly appraising GE and their
associated technologies in comparison to other approaches; and (4) a
balance of perspectives amongst committee members, in terms of their
capacity to provide an adequate representation of experiences in the U.S.,
other industrialized countries, and developing countries.”

The first public meeting on the GMO study will be held Sept. 15 – 16 in DC,
and will be webcast.

The Reversal of America’s Town and Country

Article in NYTimes by Anand Giriharadas

Masters Research Assistantship Available at North Carolina State University (January 2015): Food Systems and Food Security-Farm to Childcare Centers

We are seeking a motivated Masters student to contribute to a food systems and food security grant-funded project that focuses on increasing access to fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables for Wake County childcare facilities serving low-income children. This is a multidisciplinary graduate assistantship (details below) in partnership with Wake County Cooperative Extension, and will be co-advised by Dr. Dara Bloom (Department of Youth, Family, & Community Sciences) and Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno (Department of Crop Science) at North Carolina State University (NCSU), with additional supervision from Carol Mitchell, Local Food Coordinator with Wake County Cooperative Extension. In this project, the graduate student will be responsible for coordinating logistics and training needs with local producers to build their production and marketing capacity.  In addition, student will be responsible for facilitating communication and translating expectations between farmers/aggregators and child care facilities.   Student will be expected to work part-time out of the Wake County Cooperative Extension office in order to gain an understanding of the local community of practitioners.
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CFP – Society for Applied Anthropology 2015: Seeking Panel, Paper, and Workshop Proposals for Special Track on Extraction Industries

Please consider attending this year’s SfAA meetings.  C&A will be official participants, so your sessions, papers, posters or workshops will meet the needs of both groups.

The Society for Applied Anthropology will be holding its 75th anniversary
annual meetings in Pittsburgh, PA, from March 24-28th, 2015. SfAA is unique among professional associations in membership and purpose, representing the interests of professionals in a wide range of settings – academia, business, law, public health, and government – committed to making an impact on the quality of life in the world. SfAA is also committed to
addressing issues of particular concern to communities hosting its annual

Pittsburgh is in many ways ground zero in northern Appalachia’s struggles
to understand contemporary and historical issues related to extraction
industries. The mining of bituminous coalfields dates back to the late
1700s, the first US oil boom started here in the 1850s, and conventional
natural gas extraction remains active since the early 1900s. The most
recent form of extraction to visit the region is seen in the boom of
hydraulic fracturing for Marcellus and Utica Shale gas.

Many regions of the world have experienced similar complicated
relationships to extraction industries. Recognizing this, the SfAA/AAA
“ExtrAction” Topical Interest Group has been invited to develop a dedicated track of panels for the 2015 meetings. We seek preliminary proposals for panels, workshops, and independent papers on the topic of resource extraction. Reflecting SfAA’s continuing commitment to diversify its
scholarly community, we welcome submissions from a wide range of
disciplines and geographies. Topics may include:

*    Environmental health
*    Economic concerns
*    Grassroots activism
*    Rural, urban, indigenous divides
*    Climate change and the Anthropocene
*    Community-based air and water monitoring
*    Political ecologies, neoliberalism, late industrialism
*    Boom and bust cycles
*    Landowner rights and legal struggles
*    Human trafficking
*    Historical perspectives of extractive industries
*    Worker’s rights and experiences
*    Critical geographies and values of wilderness
*    Documentary and digital storytelling projects
*    Success stories of applied research

If you are interested in organizing a panel or workshop for this dedicated
track, please send a title, 100-word abstract explaining the panel’s topic, and a list of potential participants. For workshops, also please specify what kind of facilities or resources you might need. For independent
papers, please send title and 100-word abstract. Email materials to Kirk
Jalbert ( or Jeanne Simonelli (

For planning purposes, we would like to receive preliminary proposals for
the dedicated track by Friday, September 5, 2014. Participants will then be
expected to submit formal abstracts to SfAA before the official October 15,
2014, deadline.