New Guest Post from Paul Durrenberger

Although the recent surge in attention to food and agriculture feels like the hot new thing, anthropology has long been on the forefront of research about how our systems of food production inform cultural practices.  In this Notes from the Field, E. Paul Durrenberger reflects on his many years examining the intersections of agriculture, labor, and social justice in the context of Brad Weiss’ new book Real Pigs:  Shifting Values in the Field of Local Pork.

Robert M. Netting Student Paper Prize

The Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the 2016 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate and undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250, respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the editors of our section’s journal, CAFÉ (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment), toward the goal of revising the winning papers for publication. Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of Anthropology and present data from original research related to livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production, forestry, and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow American Anthropologist format style.

Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students. Students graduating in the Spring of 2016 are eligible. The submission deadline is August 31st, 2016 and all submissions should be sent to nckawa@gmail.com.

The New Wild West

Our latest entry in our “Notes from the Field” series comes from James H. McDonald of Southern Utah University. His essay explores the on-going disputes over public lands in the western United States that recently came into the media spotlight during the “Bundy Standoff.”

From Pipelines to Paris: Why We Need Forests Now More than Ever

Our latest edition to the “Notes from the Field” comes from Dr. Duncan Earle, an anthropologist and the director of Global Studies at Marymount California University. Dr. Earle also serves as consultant for Jadora International, whose mission is “to mitigate climate change, preserve biodiversity, and improve livelihoods through an innovative and economically sustainable approach to forest preservation.” His essay examines the linkages between forests and climate change mitigation, specifically in the U.S.

TT Position Opening at Univ. of Arizona in Food Studies

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin in August 2016.

The position will be based in one or more of the schools, departments and centers of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (see sbs.arizona.edu for list of possible units).
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AAA 2015 Culture and Agriculture Activities in Denver

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
12:00 PM-1:45 PM
EXTRACTION: IMPACTS, ENGAGEMENTS, AND ALTERNATIVE FUTURES (2-0130)

4:30 PM-10:00 PM
Cannabis Cultures Excursion (Free event but Advance Reservation required; buses departing from Colorado Convention Center)

Thursday, November 19, 2015
10:15 AM-12:00 PM
NEW INTERMEDIARIES AND CHANGING REGIMES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION IN SOUTH ASIA (3-0535)

11:30 AM-12:45 PM
CULTURE & AGRICULTURE (C&A) EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

1:45 PM-3:30 PM
EDUCATING FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: GROWING CRITICAL FOOD SYSTEMS LEARNING PART ONE (3-0915)

6:15 PM-7:30 PM
CULTURE & AGRICULTURE BUSINESS MEETING

7:45 PM-9:00 PM
CULTURE & AGRICULTURE RECEPTION – Tamayo Kitchen and Tequileria (in Larimer Square)

Friday, November 20, 2015
1:45 PM-3:30 PM
CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, FOOD JUSTICE, AND FOOD CITIZENSHIP (4-0855)

4:00 PM-5:45 PM
BLACK BODIES, ACTIVE AGENTS: FOODWAYS IN THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF BLACK PEOPLE (4-1265)

Saturday, November 21, 2015
8:00 AM-9:45 AM
NEW DIRECTIONS IN AGRICULTURE AND CULTURE: THE CONVERGENCES OF FOOD, LABOR, AND NEOLIBERALISM (5-0195)

10:15 AM-12:00 PM
EDUCATING FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: GROWING CRITICAL FOOD SYSTEMS LEARNING PART TWO (5-0615)

Web Fellow Position – Apply by Sept. 15th!

The Culture & Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association aims to expand its on-line and social media presence. We wish to highlight the research and policy engagements of our members as well as to promote our peer-reviewed section journal, Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), within and beyond anthropological audiences. To this end, C&A has created a position for a tech savvy, anthropology scholar/practitioner to manage our site and, in conjunction with the Board and the CAFE editors, initiate new forms of electronic outreach. We envisage this position as particularly appropriate for an Anthropology doctoral candidate or new PhD with interests in agrifood systems, the environment, and digital media, but encourage anthropologists at any stage with appropriate background, skills, and predilections to apply. The position carries an annual award of $1500.00, with a possibility for renewal. Application materials: Please send a current cv with names of at least two referees (both academic and work-related preferred), and a letter of interest outlining relevant skills and experience. The letter should include suggestions for digital projects or activities to heighten and extend the appeal of C&A and CAFE. Examples of previous work are also invited. Please send materials to Lisa Markowitz (lisa.markowitz@louisville.edu). UPDATE: Deadline for applications is September 15, 2015.

Cannabis Event at the 2015 AAAs – Save the Date

As you plan for the American Anthropological Association meeting in November, save the date for a special cannabis tour and public engagement event sponsored by Culture & Agriculture, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, and the Anthropology Department of University of Colorado Denver. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 18th, from 4:30 until 9 pm. The annual meeting in Denver, Colorado provides a unique opportunity for anthropologists to engage with key leaders and residents to learn firsthand about the possibilities and risks accompanying legalized marijuana. For more info, click here.

2015 Robert M. Netting Award

Culture and Agriculture invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the 2015 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate and undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250, respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the editors of our section’s journal, CAFÉ (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment), toward the goal of revising the paper for publication. Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of Anthropology, and present data from original research related to livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production and forestry and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow American Anthropologist format style.

Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students. Students graduating in the Spring of 2015 are eligible. The submission deadline is August 31st, 2015. Submissions should be sent to: nckawa@gmail.com

CAFE Editor Search

Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, the twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal of Culture and Agriculture (a Section of the American Anthropological Association), is looking for a new co-editor, to begin in the fall of 2015.

Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) features anthropologically-relevant analyses of the human dimensions of environment, ecology, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, energy, water, food, nutrition, sustainability, and biodiversity.  In recent years, CAFE’s scope was expanded to include a broader set of environmental issues, as reflected in its title. CAFE publishes peer-reviewed material, as well as editorially reviewed commentary and reports, discussions of theoretical developments and methods of inquiry, results of empirical research, and book and film reviews.  CAFE encourages dialogue among scholars, activists, and practitioners working with the human dimensions of environmental concerns.
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