Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thinking Beyond Borders: Ideas, Values and Concerns of Food in a Global World

The 2008 Canadian Association for Food Studies Conference and AGM
University of British Columbia in Vancouver on 31 May – 1 June 2008

Come to the beautiful University of British Columbia campus located on the Point Grey Peninsula and in one of the most livable cities in the world: Vancouver, British Columbia. Here, daytime temperatures in late May allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts!

Following two successful meetings in 2006 and 2007, which demonstrated the impressive breadth and depth of research being undertaken by Canadian food scholars, the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) would like to welcome you to its third annual conference and annual general meeting. CAFS promotes critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems, including production, distribution, and consumption.

During the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to share with colleagues from across Canada the latest research, education, programs and policy development relevant to food studies. There will also be additional learning and social opportunities, including a full day of pre-conference tours and a reception following the Saturday conference sessions, hosted by UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Food Tours: Friday 30 May 2008

Each tour is priced at $25 and includes a light meal as well as public transportation. The tours will be coordinated so that it will be possible to attend more than one tour.

Tour 1) Food Unfair: where a city block separates two vastly different food landscapes

Friday morning
We will walk down Hastings Street into the Downtown Eastside and discuss the food access challenges faced by some of Vancouver's most vulnerable population groups. Then step into a different world. Only a block away, we find plentiful Pender Street with Chinatown and its rich selection of foods and fresh produce. How can two such distinct food landscapes exist in one neighborhood? Learn how Vancouver is using its food policy mandate, in combination with neighborhood revitalization strategies to address a range of urban challenges.

Tour 2) Growing in Vancouver: a half-day tour through a selection of the many exciting examples of urban agriculture in Metro Vancouver.

Friday afternoon
As Metro Vancouver prepares to host the 2010 winter Olympics urban agriculturalists are working hard to fulfill the motion passed by city councilors to build 2010 new community garden plots. Find out what is happening in the city: from roof top gardens, to school and community gardens. Come see the city growing!

Tour 3) The Green Table Network: Can eating out be sustainable?

Friday evening
On this tour you will be introduced to the Green Table Network and see examples of how progressive restaurants and catering companies in Vancouver are taking steps to tread more lightly on the earth. You will hear and see how participating businesses are reducing waste, increasing recycling, conserving energy and water, using local foods and adopting other eco-friendly practices. At the end of the tour a light meal will be provided by one of the participating restaurants or caterers.

To register: (early bird deadline 31 March 2008)

For further information about CAFS, the conference, and Call for Papers, visit:

For further information about the Conference location:
- City of Vancouver:
- Super, Natural British Columbia:
- UBC Campus map and driving directions:

See you in Vancouver!


31 MAY – 1 JUNE 2008


Following two successful meetings in 2006 and 2007, which demonstrated the impressive breadth and depth of research being undertaken by Canadian Food Scholars, the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its third annual general meeting at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on 31 May – 1 June 2008. Founded in 2005, CAFS promotes critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems: production, distribution, and consumption.

CAFS recognizes the need for coordinated interdisciplinary research efforts not only in academia, but in response to societal needs for informing policy makers, assessing the outcomes of community-based work, and demonstrating the environmental and social impacts of changes affecting food systems and food policies. To encourage interdisciplinarity, and to reflect the broad range of important work happening in this field, we encourage academics and/or community members to submit proposals for either sessions or individual papers related to this year’s theme.

The 2008 CAFS conference theme, which reflects the Congress theme, is “Thinking Beyond Borders: Ideas, Values and Concerns of Food in a Global World”. We invite session proposals and individual paper proposals dealing with aspects of societal ideas, values and concerns related to food in an increasingly ‘global’ world. Submissions dealing with crossing borders, either actual or metaphorical, to create food communities are particularly welcome. However, submissions are not restricted to this theme. The conference also encourages proposals dealing with issues such as curriculum and program development and evaluation, research priorities, methodological issues, policy and funding priorities in food studies.

SESSION PROPOSALS: Please send the session title, name and organizational affiliation of the session organizer(s). Please also include the authors’ names, affiliations, and abstracts (150 words) of each paper to be included in the session. If you suggest a chair for the sessions, please include this as well. If possible, we appreciate it if submissions are in both English and French. The program committee will work with session organizers to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility.

PAPER PROPOSALS: Please send a brief abstract (150 words), along with your paper title, and name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). If possible, we appreciate it if submissions are in both English and French. The program committee will work to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility when placing individual papers within sessions.

The deadline for proposals is: Friday, February 1, 2008

Organisers will aim to include some papers in a special issue journal or an edited collection; we will also aim to create conference proceedings. Therefore, please ensure all papers are formatted in Chicago style.

CAFS members are drawn from an array of disciplines including (but not limited to) adult education, agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, health studies, home economics, human nutrition, geography, literature, psychology, philosophy, policy studies, public health, rural studies, sociology, social work and urban planning. CAFS membership is open to academics, students, policy makers, community workers, professionals, practitioners and others interested in food studies research. CAFS encourages research that promotes local, regional, national, and global food security, but does not advocate or endorse specific policies or political platforms.

All proposals should be sent as a rich text (.rtf) or Word (.doc) document and sent to:

Patty Williams (email:

Further information is available at:
Canadian Association for Food Studies:
Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences:


Appel de communications

Troisième assemblée générale annuelle de
l’Association canadienne des études alimentaires

31 mai-1er juin 2008

« Penser sans frontières : idées, valeurs et préoccupations en alimentation
dans un contexte de mondialisation »

Suite à deux rencontres couronnées de succès en 2006 et 2007 qui ont démontré l’étendue et la profondeur des recherches entreprises par les chercheurs universitaires canadiens en alimentation, l’Association canadienne des études alimentaires tiendra sa troisième assemblée générale annuelle à University of British Columbia, Vancouver, les 31 mai et 1er juin 2008. Fondée en 2005, l'Association (CAFS) promeut des études savantes critiques et interdisciplinaires dans le vaste domaine des systèmes alimentaires que sont la production, la distribution et la consommation.

La CAFS reconnaît le besoin de coordonner ses efforts de recherche interdisciplinaire non seulement du point de vue académique, mais aussi en réponse aux besoins sociétaux afin d’informer les dirigeants politiques, d'évaluer les effets des actions communautaires, et de démontrer l’impact environnemental et social des changements affectant les systèmes alimentaires et les politiques alimentaires. Afin d’encourager l’interdisciplinarité, et refléter la gamme des travaux d’importance dans ce domaine, nous encourageons les membres de la communauté universitaire et/ou communautaire à soumettre des propositions soit de colloques scientifiques soit de communications individuelles reliées au thème de cette année.

Le thème de la conférence 2008 du CAFS, qui reflète celui de la Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines qui nous accueille, est celui-ci : « Penser sans frontières : idées, valeurs et préoccupations en alimentation dans un contexte de mondialisation ». Les colloques scientifiques, ou la présentation de communications individuelles, traitant d’idées, de valeurs et de préoccupations sociétales en lien avec l'alimentation des populations dans un contexte de plus en plus de mondialisation sont sollicités pour cette conférence. Les soumissions au carrefour de frontières (sens concret ou métaphorique), dans une optique de création de communautés bien alimentées, sont tout particulièrement bienvenues. Cependant, les soumissions ne se restreignent pas à ce thème. La conférence encourage aussi les propositions traitant de questions de développement de programmes et d’évaluation, de priorités de recherche, de questions méthodologiques, de politiques, et de priorités de financement des études alimentaires.

Proposition de colloques scientifiques : Faites nous parvenir le titre du colloque scientifique, le nom et l’affiliation des organisateurs du colloque. Aussi, inclure les noms des auteurs, les affiliations ainsi qu’un résumé (150 mots) de chacune des communications qui seront présentées au colloque. Si vous voulez suggérer un président de session pour le colloque, l’inclure aussi. Si possible, nous apprécierions que les soumissions soient présentées en français et en anglais. Le comité du programme travaillera avec les organisateurs des colloques afin de s’assurer de la diversité disciplinaire et de la compatibilité du contenu.

Proposition de communications : Veuillez envoyer un bref résumé (150 mots) avec le titre, ainsi que le(s) nom(s) et affiliation(s) de l’auteur ou des auteurs. Si possible, nous apprécierions que les soumissions soient présentées en français et en anglais. Le comité du programme travaillera ave les organisateurs pour s’assurer de la diversité disciplinaire et de la compatibilité de contenu en situant les communications individuelles dans les colloques scientifiques appropriés.

La date butoir de réception des propositions est fixée le vendredi 1er février 2008.

Les organisateurs souhaitent inclure quelques publications dans une édition spéciale d’un journal ou dans une collection éditée; nous prévoyons aussi préparer les actes de la conférence. En ce sens, nous recommandons de vous assurer que tous les écrits soient conformes au style Chicago.

Les membres de la CAFS proviennent d’une variété de disciplines incluant (mais ne s’y limitant pas) l’éducation aux adultes, l’agriculture, l’anthropologie, l’économie, les sciences environnementales, les sciences de la santé, l’économie familiale, la nutrition humaine, la géographie, la littérature, la psychologie, la philosophie, les sciences politiques, la santé publique, les études rurales, la sociologie, le travail social et l’urbanisme. Peuvent devenir membres, les étudiants, les enseignants, ceux qui rédigent des politiques, les travailleurs sociaux, les professionnels, les praticiens et autres personnes intéressés par les recherches en alimentation. La CAFS encourage la recherche qui promeut la sécurité alimentaire au niveau local, régional, national et globale, mais ne recommande pas ou n’endosse pas de politiques spécifiques ni de plate-formes politiques.

Toutes les propositions doivent être envoyées par courriel dans un document en format (.rtf) ou Word (.doc) à :

Patty Williams (email:

De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur les sites Internet suivants :
Further information is available at:
Canadian Association for Food Studies:
Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Call for Papers - New Views of Society: Robert Owen for the 21st Century

Conference date: 11-14 September 2008, New Lanark, Scotland
Deadline for proposals & papers: 30th March 2008

This major international conference will be a 2 stage event appealing to both academics from a range of disciplines and co-operative practitioners.

The first part of the conference (from the morning of Thursday 11th September to lunchtime on Saturday 13th) will consist of a series of interdisciplinary thematic sessions exploring various aspects of Owen’s ideas and their contemporary and future relevance. The second part of the event (from lunchtime on the 13th to lunchtime on the 14th) will have a practitioner focus. It will consist of invited speakers, interactive workshop sessions and the AGM and Annual Research Roundtable of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies.

While this formal call for papers is for contributions to the first part of the conference, the organisers hope that academic contributors and delegates will choose to stay on for the whole event.

The conference will include a tour of the New Lanark Mills Visitor Centre and a Dinner on the evening of Saturday 13th September. Accommodation will be available either in the New Lanark Mill Hotel, or New Lanark Youth Hostel.

This event is being organised by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies as part of a programme of events throughout 2008 to mark the 150th Anniversary of Robert Owen’s Death in co-operation with partners including the Co-operative Group, Co-operative College and New Lanark Heritage Trust.


Deadline for receipt of proposals for papers or other contributions: 30th March 2008
Papers that have been selected will be confirmed by the 31st May 2008


Robert Owen was one of the giants of social, political and economic life in the nineteenth century. He combined an intellectual critique of emerging industrial society with a remarkable capacity for practical innovation. At New Lanark Mills in Scotland, not only did he pioneer the use of new technology in the textile industry, but he combined this with radical ideas about education and management.

He was one of the guiding inspirations for the global Co-operative Movement and under his influence ‘prophets of co-operation’ travelled all over Britain and internationally. As a ‘practical utopian’, he established, inspired and lived in various community experiments in both Britain and the USA organised according to his co-operative philosophy, and while in the UK these endeavours are generally thought to have ‘failed’, in the US his descendants are still to be found living at New Harmony, and the influence of his activities there upon the development of US politics has been significant.

In considering Owen’s legacy as part of the programme of events being organised to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death, this conference is not intended to be an exercise in historical nostalgia. Rather, it aims to use the inspiration of Owen’s thinking in a wide range of areas to consider and debate the contemporary and future relevance of his ideas in the twenty first century.


Session topics are grouped into 3 main themes. Below each theme are suggested some aspects of Owen’s thought in these areas that might be usefully explored, but this is not by any means an exhaustive list and the organisers would welcome further relevant proposals.

Part 1: Economic justice

- Ethical issues relating to trade
- Co-operative Management in theory and practise
- Trades Unions in the 21st Century
- Micro finance and Credit Unions

Part 2: Practical Utopia

- Community living and co-housing
- Time currencies
- The ‘e-commonwealth’
- ‘Socialism’ then and now

Part 3: Education for a better world

- Co-operative structures for delivering education
- Children’s Rights
- Co-operative Learning
- Adult and Continuing Education

There will also be a ‘history workshop’ style session on the Friday and Saturday exploring the impact and experiences of Co-operatives established for social change in the UK from the mid 1960s onwards. Please let us know if you have something to contribute to this theme.

Guidelines for papers and other contributions:

- 500 word proposals for papers or other contributions to sessions must be received (either by post, email, or both) by the UK SCS Secretary, Richard Bickle, no later than 31st March 2008.
- Proposed presentations should be no more than 20 minutes each in total.
- Presentations should make some reference to Owen’s work in the relevant area and show the ideas being explored relate to his thinking.
- Please include full contact details for the proposed speaker/s and clearly mark which session theme you feel your proposal fits in to.
- While we urge you to propose papers according to the session themes outlined above, if you have a proposal which does not fit into these topic areas, but which you feel is still relevant to the wider conference, please send it in anyway with a covering note explaining why you think it should be considered.
- The organisers are open to innovative or interactive formats for presentations. If this is what you are proposing, please set out exactly what you have in mind.
- The UK Society for Co-operative Studies does not have the funds to cover your attendance at the conference. However, we are negotiating a limited number of bursaries to support participation from individuals who could not otherwise afford to do so. If you are likely to require this kind of assistance, please inform the Secretary as soon as possible.

Richard Bickle (Secretary), UK Society for Co-operative Studies
Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS
Tel: 07768 184882, Email:,

Monday, January 14, 2008

Community-University Exposition (CUexpo) - May 4-7, 2008

We would first like to acknowledge that we will be meeting on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish First Nations.

Bringing the resources, dreams, assets and issues of our communities and our post-secondary institutions together is a movement that is building across Canada. We would like to most cordially invite you to participate in the third national CUexpo, the Community-University Exposition 2008 (CUexpo 2008)

Goals of CUexpo 2008

* celebrate and create opportunities for new community-university partnerships;
* support research that is collaborative and community-based and leads to positive change;
* create a space for policy-makers and university and community representatives to take action on research, resource-sharing and research ethics;
* provide opportunities for networking across Canada and world-wide.

Themes for CUexpo 2008

* community-university engagement, partnerships and ethics
* climate change and sustainable community green economic development
* life-long learning, popular education and community / green mapping
* environmental and social justice
* Youth engagement, food security
* Community and green economic development
* Aboriginal perspectives and cultural diversity
* women, poverty and social inclusion
* Homelessness, housing, health promotion and well-being

For more information, visit

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Call for Papers / Demande des communications - ANSER / ARES - January 14 deadline

Inaugural Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle inaugurale


University of British Columbia
June 4 – 6, 2008

Deadline for receipt of proposals via email attachment: / Date limite de présentation des propositions en pièce jointe par courrier électronique :

January 14, 2008

La version française:

ANSER is a newly formed organization for the support and encouragement of research in the broad fields of social economy, the voluntary sector, and nonprofit organizations in Canada. We will hold our inaugural conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008 from June 4-6, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. All those engaged in applied and theoretical research related to the ANSER mandate, including researchers from outside of Canada, are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables by January 14, 2008. ANSER is not limited to faculty and graduate students from universities and colleges; consultants and practitioners who engage in research are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Examples of areas of interest include:

• accountability and performance evaluation in community organizations;
• charitable giving and philanthropy;
• citizen engagement, mobilization, and movements;
• civil society;
• community economic development;
• community service learning/community-university partnerships;
• conceptualizing the social economy;
• foundations;
• gender, race, diversity in the social economy;
• governance, democracy, and participation in community organizations;
• nonprofit mutual associations;
• nonprofit sector/government relations;
• organizational change in the social economy;
• public policy;
• regulatory and legal dimensions of nonprofits and the social economy;
• social and environmental accounting;
• social capital/informal co-operation;
• social economy human resource management and labour relations;
• social enterprises/social purpose businesses;
• volunteering.

Types of Proposals

Three types of proposals will be considered: individual papers, panels, and roundtables. Proposals should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word to with the type of proposal indicated in the subject line (for example, paper, panel, or roundtable) . Proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by February 28th. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide a 5-8 page (double spaced) summary of their paper by May 1, 2008, for publication in online conference proceedings (editor, Peter Elson).

Paper Proposals

Paper proposals typically are presentations of research findings and theory on a topic. Paper proposals can also be think pieces and discussions of research and thesis proposals. Paper proposals should include a cover sheet containing the paper's title, name and affiliation of presenter(s), and contact information of each presenter including email. This should be followed by an abstract of not more than two pages including the paper's title and key reference sources.

Panel Proposals

Panels are collections of three or four papers on a related theme. Ideally, these papers build upon each other, thereby adding to the coherence of the panel. For a panel, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group should be the first page, followed by a one-page overview of the panel, including its title, and then up to 2 pages for each participant (as described under paper proposals).


Roundtables are discussion groups ideally suited for the discussion of research needs or research in progress around specific topics, e.g., "Current research needs in nonprofit organization governance," with a designated facilitator. Roundtables, typically consisting of three to four individuals, are ideally suited for a mix of researchers and leaders of community organizations. For a roundtable, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group and the roundtable's title should be the first page, followed by a two-page summary of the primary issues to be addressed.

Conference Information

Participants in the ANSER 2008 Conference should register through the website of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences , which includes a reduction for early registration. The fees, posted on the website, include those for the Congress and the association. The Congress website also includes information on accommodation, discounts for travel, and local information. For more information, email us and please check the ANSER website for updates.

February 16 - Visionary Farmers and Visionary Consumers: How organics is transforming our world

Saturday, February 16, 2008 - one-day conference
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

89 Chestnut St., U of Toronto Conference Centre
Presented by Canadian Organic Growers
$65 ($85 after Jan 15); COG members $55

Includes an organic lunch and mini-market!
Info and registration: or 1-888-375-7383 or email:

Why are more farmers and consumers choosing to go organic? Join us as we share how organic is making a difference in how we eat and live. You will be stirred with inspiring stories, the difficult challenges and the proven visions that are bringing organic food from the field to the table, creating new careers, markets and a more livable planet. Is there a role for you?

Keynote speaker: Helge Hellberg, Executive Director of Marin Organic
Marin Organic is an award winning, innovative organization of local farmers that is realizing a vision for the first all organic county in North America. They have inspired schools, businesses and governments to take a stand for an alternative way of doing business and in doing so show us what a sustainable food system looks like.

Panels on topics including “Where’s the local in organic?”; “Being organic in a non-organic world”; “Can organics feed Ontario”; and “Ensuring organic integrity”.
Panelists include: Ann Clark, Gavin Dandy, Dag Falck, Wayne Roberts, Wally Seccombe.

Plus a career track – meet the intrepid “new” farmers who, despite lacking land and farming skills, took the leap and followed their dreams of being organic farmers.

For a complete agenda, see

January 24-27 - 27th Guelph Organic Conference, Canada's premiere organic event

January 24-27, 2008
University of Guelph

Trade show and Organic food expo:
Saturday Jan 26 - 7 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday Jan 27 - 9 am to 4:30 pm

For complete event details, registration and workshop schedule, visit the conference website at: