I am very pleased to share that a new special issue of Sociologia Ruralis edited by Damian Maye and me is now online: Understanding Sustainable Food System Transitions: Practice, Assessment and Governance.
The Special Issue provides theoretical insights and advancements into sustainability transitions through empirically grounded and informed investigations of food system practices. The papers conﬁrm, following Hinrichs (2014, p. 143), that ‘numerous opportunities exist to forge more productive links between work on food systems change and the broad and growing sustainability transitions ﬁeld’.
The Special Issue brings together 8 articles grouped together around two themes:
- Examining relations between AFN practices and transition;
- Opening up measures and assessment practices for sustainability transitions.
Taken as a whole, the Special Issue advances discussions and thinking on alternative food practices and sustainability, opening up the debate not only on how to identify and analyse ‘alternative food practices’ in Europe, and beyond, but also on sustainability assessment metrics, governance processes and what counts as ‘sustainable’ in sustainability transitions.
Contents of the Special Issue
Understanding Sustainable Food System Transitions: Practice, Assessment and Governance Damian Maye and Jessica Duncan
Theme 1: Examining Relations Between AFN Practices and Transition
Theme 2: Opening Up Measures and Assessment Practices for Sustainable Food Transitions
Registration is now open for the Amsterdam Symposium on History of Food 2017: Making Sense of Taste
Friday 17 November – Saturday 18 November 2017
Venue: Aula of the University of Amsterdam
Registration is now open on this website. We kindly invite you to register now. Do you have any questions? Please contact us.
From which angle does a scholar approach the concept of taste? Is it primarily an objective, chemical quality, or should it be considered a product of culture? And are these perspectives wholly incompatible? The physical quality and flavour of food and drink preoccupy molecular biologists, gastronomic professionals, and bon vivants. Chemists, among others, construe classification systems, aspiring to help us understand the complexity and the possibilities of flavour. Mediators and their audiences may oftentimes embrace subjectivity, by detailing their intimate and embodied experience of taste. Neither approach is new: historically, classification systems have had major cultural and religious significance, whereas the conception of ‘good’ food – as opposed to ‘bad’ food – and its application in mechanisms of social distinction is at least as old as class-based societies themselves. Clearly, discussions about taste have always been informed by an array of physiological and psychological experiences, not just our palates.
I am happy to announce a new book by Mathias Margulis
The Global Political Economy of Raúl Prebisch offers an original analysis of global political economy by examining it through the ideas, agency and influence of one of its most important thinkers, leaders and personalities. Prebisch’s ground-breaking ideas as an economist – the terms-of-trade thesis and the economic case for state-led industrialization – changed the world and guided economic policy across the global South. As the head of two UN bodies – the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and later the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – he was at the frontline of key North–South political struggles for a fairer global distribution of wealth and the regulation of transnational corporations.
Prebisch increasingly came to view political power, not just economic capabilities, as pivotal to shaping the institutions and rules of the world economy. This book contextualizes his ideas, exploring how they were used and their relevance to contemporary issues. The neoliberal turn in economics in North America, Western Europe and across the global South led to an active discrediting of Prebisch’s theories and this volume offers an important corrective, reintroducing current and future generations of scholars and students to this important body of work and allowing a richer understanding of past and ongoing political struggles.
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Introduction can be downloaded here.
I am thrilled to be teaching a month long course on Global Food Security Governance at the Kyoto University. I have been invited by the Graduate School of Economics as part of the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities Unit.
The course is four weeks long and covers:
- Context and concepts
- Key issues and actors
- Theories to support analysis
- Methods for data collection and analysis
For more information see: Lecture series Global Food Security Governance Kyoto
I am very happy to have contributed to a chapter in this exciting new book:
Feeding Paradise? Corporeal Food Citizenship in the Galapagos
Christine Franke, Jessica Duncan, and Stephen Sherwood
Don’t forget to ask your libraries to order it!
I have been asked to share this call for papers with readers of this blog. Happy submitting!
The Fifth Annual National Conference of Network of Rural and Agrarian Studies (NRAS) will be held during 27-29 October, 2017 at the Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The theme of the conference is ‘Agrarian Transition’ and Rural‐Urban Linkages in India in the Twenty-first Century’.
The conference is now open for paper submissions. Please see the detailed Concept Note and Call for Papers below.
Papers for the Conference can be submitted through easychair.org.
For regular updates on the conference please visit and bookmark the Conference Blog.