The ASFS began to hold annual meetings in 1987. Since 1992, they have been held together with the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS). In 1996, the International Food Choice Conference joined them for their meeting in the United States and the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education co-sponsored the 1997 meeting. These annual meetings hold workshops, are opportunities to listen to and present papers and panels, chances to participate in roundtable discussions, and times to meet formally and informally with colleagues who hold similar or tangential interests.
Toward Sustainable Foodscapes and Landscapes
Join us for the Joint 2013 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN).
Wednesday, June 19 – Saturday, June 22, 2013
Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michagan
The concepts of foodscapes and landscapes invite us to consider the broader conditions, connections and consequences of food and agricultural issues. Food is more than a simple problem of consumer behavior, just as land use involves more than farmer or policy decisions. Foodscape and landscape perspectives situate the producing, distributing, acquiring and eating of food within a richer and more complex understanding of social, cultural, economic and political processes. As well, foodscape and landscape perspectives take serious account of the context and significance of the ecological systems in which food and agriculture are embedded. Instead of being removed from or in opposition to pressing concerns such as climate change and water availability, food and agriculture are deeply entangled in many of the most critical environmental and ethical issues of our time. Charting, analyzing and interrogating sustainable pathways through this complex terrain are important work for academics, practitioners, activists, policymakers and citizens. The 2013 conference will engage these concepts of foodscapes and landscapes with the aim of creating a lively, generative space for people of diverse disciplines and dispositions to explore and advance thinking and practice related to agriculture and food.
We will be adding more information about the upcoming meeting as quickly as we have it available, including online registration and payment!