Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is OPEN.

Our food systems face multiple challenges spanning from climate change, trade wars and financialization, urbanization and population growth, through to food crime.  Rates of diet-related NCDs also continue to rise while malnutrition and food insecurity persist in many countries.  This metabolic rift or disjuncture between our food systems, public health and equity priorities, and the natural world means that change is needed.  But how do we re-imagine our food systems?  What should they look like if they are to combine concerns for health, sustainability, and social justice?  How do we achieve these food futures?  How do we link change at the macro level with everyday practices? 

The 6th BSA Food Study Group Conference will provide a forum in which to address these key questions as we seek to transcend disciplinary boundaries and policy silos.  To this end we invite proposals for papers that consider these critical issues. 

Papers will be organised into thematic sessions that include presenters from different disciplines and sectors to stimulate reflection and discussion about how issues in ‘food’ are conceived, studied, and applied. Themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture, trade, and food retailing
  • Consumption and cultural heritage in changing food systems
  • Food, embodiment and health
  • Food poverty and social justice
  • Food in institutional settings: e.g. Prisons
  • Food waste
  • Interventions and policies
  • Methods and methodologies
  • Risks and food safety
  • Sustainability

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words for oral papers (lasting 20 minutes with 10 minutes to follow for questions) and for posters. As in previous years a prize will be awarded for the poster which delegates agree best communicates its aims, methods, findings, and conclusions. Following the success of Pecha Kucha sessions at previous conferences, and taking feedback into account, oral presentations may also include Pecha Kucha* style sessions.

We also invite abstracts for symposia with a maximum of three connected papers, and roundtable workshops, of relevance to the conference theme to run in parallel with presented papers. We would be particularly interested to receive proposals which address methodological challenges in studying ‘food’.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2019
Contact Information

BSA Events Team
Email: events@britsoc.org.uk
Tel: 0191 383 0839
Fax:  0191 383 0782

*A 20-slide presentation in which each slide lasts 20 seconds.

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