Food Systems in Flux

Join Culture & Agriculture at the 2018 AAA Meetings in San José.

Join Culture & Agriculture for an exciting program of paper sessions, distinguished speakers—Eric Holt-Giménez—and swingin’ receptions at the 2018 American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San José, California!

This year’s conference theme is “Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation,” and Culture & Agriculture’s paper sessions capture the dynamism of these processes. Indeed, the ways food production and consumption are changing, and the ways this changes us, take front and center in our panels this year.

We kick things off Wednesday, November 14, with a double panel on anthropology and food systems change:

  • Anthropological Contributions to Theories of Food Systems Change I: Eating Away at Food Systems Problems (2-0290)
  • Anthropological Contributions to Theories of Food Systems Change II: Producing and Selling Food Alternatives (2-0530)

This will be followed Thursday, November 15 with our sponsored session:

  • Foreignization, Farmland, and Food: Estrangement and Belonging in Global Agriculture (3-1140)

Join us Friday, November 16 for two panels:

  • To Eat and to Be Eaten: Boundaries and Collaboration in the Act of Becoming Food (4-1205)
  • Breeding Cultures: Analyzing Species in Motion (co-sponsored with Anthropology & Environment) (4-0780)

Saturday, November 17 we engage the conference theme head-on:

  • Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation in Agriculture and Food Production (5-1115)

We finish things off Sunday, November 18, with a double panel, co-sponsored with SAFN:

  • Fixing Territory I: Bodies and Socionatures in Flux (6-0050)
  • Fixing Territory II: Place-Based Products Out of Place (6-0265)

Our long-standing and fruitful partnership with the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) continues as we team up to bring you a distinguished speaker event. Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First and author of the book Food Movements Unite!, will be giving a talk on agroecology Friday, November 16, at 7:45 p.m. All are welcome at this event, where we will also be honoring our annual Netting Prize winners.

And it wouldn’t be a C&A (and SAFN!) event without food. After enriching your mind with Holt-Gimenez’s lecture, and filling your spirit with the future of agricultural anthropology, feed your body. . . at the C&A and SAFN joint reception! From 9:15–11:00 p.m. we will be gathering at the Loft Bar and Bistro to enjoy some delicious food and drink and celebrate our colleagues. After immersing ourselves in the dynamic world of food systems change, it’s nice to remember some things that stay the same: the joy of conviviality and sharing a meal with friends and colleagues, new and old.

P.S. Don’t forget to join us the next day for our Business Meeting, 12:15–1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. C&A will keep changing to meet the needs and interests of our members—come be part of our exciting future!

Megan Maurer is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and co-contributing editor to the Culture & Agriculture Section News column.

Cite as: Maurer, Megan. 2018. “Food Systems in Flux.” Anthropology News website, October 31, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1016

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