Culture & Agriculture

a section of the American Anthropological Association

Month: November 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Culture & Agriculture Roundtable at AAAs

Please join us for a *Culture & Agriculture **Roundtable* sponsored by the
AAA Executive Program Committee on Wed. Dec. 3rd, 2-3:45 pm.

“Producing the Future of Global Agriculture,” with Peggy F. Barlett,
Richard H. Moore, Glenn Davis Stone, and James R. Veteto

Abstract: Farming as a way of life has become increasingly uncertain and
insecure for both industrial and small-scale farming operations in a
variety of locales across the globe. In a recent editorial introduction in
the journal Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Stephanie
Paladino and Jeanne Simonelli remind us that challenges to agricultural
practices and strategies are likely to intensify in the coming decades.
There are numerous factors that global agriculture must contend with,
including the economic implications of market integration; the humanitarian
consequences of food insecurity and malnutrition; the liabilities of
ecosystem services related to land preservation and rural development; new
agro-environmental technical innovations and discoveries; the environmental
and human costs of industrialized agriculture; the profound impacts of
climate change and vulnerability; and the overall sustainability and
resilience of agricultural systems in an increasingly unpredictable world. Many
anthropologists working on agricultural issues are concerned with issues
that cut across sub-disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and thus are
well situated to critically reflect on our own active roles in producing
anthropological knowledge and information destined for diverse audiences
that include food producers, policy-makers, academics, and corporate or
non-governmental entities. This Executive Roundtable brings together
leading experts to reflect on anthropology’s role in producing the future
of global agriculture.

Invitation to join C&A Business Meeting & Reception at AAAs Dec. 5th

For those attending the AAAs in DC, please remember to join us for our annual business meeting on Friday, Dec. 5th from 8-9:45 PM.  Immediately following will be the reception from 10:00-11:45 at the Lebanese Taverna 2641 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20008 for kebabs, baba ganoush, baklava and other delicious Middle Eastern eats.  Come one, come all!

AAA Meeting 2014: Culture & Agriculture sponsored-sessions

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


2-0398   Constructing Spatial Ethnographic Research Design

David D. Meek


4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

2-0510   Critically Engaging the Anthropocene

Amela Moore & Andrew S. Mathews


Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

3-0250   Changes and Continuities in the Knowledge, Production, and Meaning of Food

Jennifer Meta Robinson & Seth Murray


3-0290   Theorizing Local Food: From Envisioning New Realities to Moral Economy

John Brett & Lisa B. Markowitz


1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

3-0795   Culture & Agriculture (C&A) Board Meeting

James R. Veteto


6:30 PM – 8:15 PM

3-1205   Small-Scale, Big Data: A Network Science Approach to Producing Anthropology in Small-Scale Food Systems

A. Ashley Stinnett, Jennifer Jo Thompson, & Sean Downey


Friday, December 5, 2014

2:30 PM – 4:15 PM

4-0825    Silt, Sand, and Soil: Earthey Engagements between the Bio and Geo

Jerry C. Zee, Kristina Marie Lyons, Tanya L. Richardson, & Stuart J. McLean


4-1005    Unpacking Food Sovereignty: Examining the Processes of Constructing, Maintaining, and Regaining Local Sovereignty Over Food

Marc Edelman & Lois M. Stanford


8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

4-1375    Culture & Agriculture Business Meeting

James R. Veteto


10:00 PM – 11:45 PM

4-1465    Culture & Agriculture Reception

James R. Veteto


Saturday, December 6, 2014

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

5-0205    Plants & Health: Producing Anthropologies at the Human-Environment-Health Nexus

Elizabeth A. Olson & Rick Stepp


11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

5-0485     Unfree Labor in the Greater Caribbean

Ross Freedenberg, Lars Rodseth, & Stephen Palmié


5-0505     Food, Climate Change and Small Family Farms: New Roles and Opportunities for Anthropology

Anita Spring, Solomon H. Katz, Lois M. Stanford, Glenn Davis Stone, & Guadalupe M. Rodriguez-Gomez


2:30 PM – 4:15 PM

5-1015    Addressing Agriculture and Climate Change

Colin Thor West, Caela B. O’Connell, & Jose E. Martinez-Reyes

CFP: Practical Farming in an Era of Climate ‘Adaptation’ (Deadline Extended)

Conference: Dimensions of Political Ecology (DoPE)
Lexington, KY.  February 26-28, 2015<>

Lilian Brislen (University of Kentucky), Kate MacFarland (USDA)

A 2013 report from the United States Department of Agriculture titled Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation? states, while framing its concerns in terms of ‘productivity’, that all production systems will be affected to some degree by climate change, and that Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the adaptive capacity of U.S. agriculture. (USDA 2013:6, emphasis added) Increased livestock and plant morbidity due to extreme temperatures, increased disease and pest pressure, increasing incidence of extreme weather events, soil erosion, and decreased water resources are all projected by the USDA to affect farm enterprises across the globe.  With a nod to Practical Farmers of Iowa, this session seeks to explore ‘Practical’ approaches to climate adaptation, which combine ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture with an attention to farmer livelihoods, and activities that emphasize collaboration across professional barriers of farmer/researcher/policymaker/community (PFI 2004).

Interested participants should send abstract no longer than 250 words along with paper title, author name/s and contact information, to Lilian Brislen ([email protected] by December 1st.  Invited participants will be informed by December 3rd. Accepted participants must also register at the conference website: by the extended registration deadline of December 5th 2014.

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic is seeking current law students

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic is seeking current law students for its Summer 2015 Summer Internship Program<>. This fast-paced, multi-faceted internship gives students the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, community groups, and government agencies on a wide range of food law and policy issues, and challenges them to develop creative legal and policy solutions to pressing food issues. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference to [email protected]

Taylor Farms: Agribusiness strategies to keep workers under “temporary” status

Billion-dollar California salad company exploits undocumented migrants, say
workers and Teamsters…… Click the link below to read more.

Invitation to Society for Economic Anthropology Reception

American Anthropological Association
2014 Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C.

*Date*:        Friday, December 5, 2014.

*Time*:       8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

*Where*:   Omni Shoreham, Congressional B

Meet friends and colleagues!
Refreshments and Cash Bar

SANA 2015 Conference: Call for Track Proposals: Inequality, Equality, and Difference

DEADLINE APPROACHING – Proposals due November 14, 2014

The 2015 conference of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) will take place April 16-18 at John Jay College of the City University of New York with the theme “Inequality, Equality, Difference” (see below). The conference will be organized around several tracks, each comprising two days of sustained discussion and analysis around issues of key importance to North American society. We are now seeking proposals from individuals and groups to lead and develop tracks, which should relate to the overall conference theme.

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AAA Friday night joint reception

Pease considering joining the Friday (December 5, 2014)  9:00 PM-11:00 PM  reception co-sponsored by ABA-AFA-ALLA-AQA-SANA-SAW-SLACA-SUNTA in Ballroom Salon 3, Featuring DJ K’Ture


CFP DOPE2015: The production and circulation of value in, of, and through nature

DOPE conference: University of Kentucky / Lexington, Kentucky, February 26-28, 2015

Organizers:Patrick Bigger (University of Kentucky, Department of Geography), Kelly Kay (Clark University, Department of Geography), & Eric Nost (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geography)

Debates over the values and valuation of nature have recently returned to prominence in political ecology and cognate environmental social sciences (e.g. Robertson and Wainwright 2013). Renewed interest in the question of value is driven in large part by the widespread trend toward monetary valuation as the hegemonic strategy for environmental governance in the forms of payments for ecosystems services, climate markets, and the bundling of the well-being of nature, human and non-human, under the logics of ‘natural capital’. While political ecologists and their allies have produced compelling case studies on the idiosyncratic manifestations of value in markets designed to achieve environmental outcomes, this session seeks to build on this work to start developing a vocabulary for articulating the mechanisms by which value is created, circulated, and destroyed. Although the genesis of value has historically been located firmly in the realm of production, heterodox economic geographers (e.g. Christophers 2014), among others, have been reevaluating the conditions of value’s creation and realization with a particular emphasis on the circulation of immaterial goods. This rethink is happening in light of both pervasive financialization and the increasing popularity of cultural-economic or performative approaches to markets across a variety of political, institutional, and economic settings.  Recognizing these new approaches to value and the rapid expansion of nature-as-asset-class, it is time to make sustained engagements with theorizations of value under capitalism. This project carries importance not only for those concerned with environmental-financial markets, but for critical scholars of capitalism more generally because of the window that financialization of the environment opens for interpreting the roles of state, capital, and society in generating value in its multifarious guises. To this end, we seek papers that contribute to debates on the value and valuation of nature that are empirically grounded but ultimately offer conceptualization of the topic more broadly.

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