The conference is divided into the following three major themes:
Biocultural Diversity & the Environment: Recent research from plant sciences, ethnobiology, and geography indicate that culture plays a key role (historically and in the present) in contributing to the biological and genetic diversity of plant, animal, and insect food sources (e.g. landraces, heritage varieties). At the same time, anthropological research has highlighted the role of social practices (e.g. trait selection, geographic movement, social exchange of resources) in the sustainable use of these natural resources and the resilience of local communities to environmental change. Papers using case studies/field research are invited to explore this link between society and resource exploitation, and the effect of environmental and social change on biocultural resources and the food systems around them.
Policy, Ethics, & Resilience: Increasingly, international, national, and local policies have focused on generating new guidelines on land use, access to natural resources, and movement across landscapes in order to promote biodiversity, sustainable land use, and social resilience. Although beneficial at times, these policies can inadvertently threaten social systems of food production by promoting a particular dominant or Western ideal. Papers are invited that examine the ethical implications around access to land, upscaling/sourcing marginal foods, and how to generate dialogue between stakeholders.
New Perspectives & Applied Research: How can new ways of conceiving food security and food sovereignty contribute to applied projects focusing on food systems? These might include: analysis of the discourse around food security, models for ethical food production/sourcing/consumption, and insights from other cultures about what it means to be ‘food secure.’ Papers focusing on the challenges in moving from academic to applied research, or implementing academic-generated policies/models, are also encouraged.