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Colonia: Call for Papers about Food Systems – Production, Trade, Consumption

Organisers: Dr. Amelie Bernzen, Prof. Dr. Peter Dannenberg, Dr. Alexander Follmann27-28 October 2017, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Germany Deadline for abstracts: 31 May 2017
Food Systems: Production, Trade, Consumption

This workshop continues the discussion on the reception of “food geographies“ in the German-speaking academia, as initiated e.g. at the “Raum i(s)st Nahrung” meeting in Bayreuth in June 2015. While the quantity and quality of papers presented in Bayreuth illustrated both the broad perspectives and approaches geographers take on this theme, it also showed the need for a further and more in-depth dialogue.

This upcoming workshop will thus focus primarily on questions around the production, trade and consumption of food. These have become increasingly globalised over the past decades, linking producers, traders, manufacturers, retailers and consumers along value chains and networks in different places and (institutional) settings. Apart from these global chains and networks, domestic food systems are also marked by significant dynamics. There are manifold implications of these developments, such as changing farmer livelihoods in both Global North and Global South, changing dimensions of power in value chains, upscaling of production and increasing pushes for standardisation of quality, but also (counter-)movements of “alternative” production systems.

We invite abstracts of approx. 250 words on topics which address questions around these themes by 31st May 2017. Please submit by email to the three organisers. We welcome both case studies and theoretical contributions.

The workshop will kick-off with a keynote lecture by Bill Pritchard, International Faculty, University of Cologne & Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Sydney (requested). More information regarding organization and costs will follow with the programme in early July.

Organisation and contact:

Dr. Amelie Bernzen (a.bernzen@uni-koeln.de)

Prof. Dr. Peter Dannenberg (p.dannenberg@uni-koeln.de)

Dr. Alexander Follmann (a.follmann@uni-koeln.de)