Published by Oona Morrow on the 22nd August 2016.
Call for papers
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, Boston MA, April 5-9
Food sharing: contemporary cultures, practices and economies
Sponsored by the Economic Geography Specialty Group and the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Organised by Oona Morrow (Trinity College Dublin) and Anna Davies (Trinity College Dublin)
Food sharing, often characterized as the bedrock of human civilization, incorporates diverse activities and evolving practices. This session seeks to bring together scholars working within food studies with those examining the cultures, practices and economies of sharing to investigate the tensions, solidarities and possibilities within contemporary food sharing.
What has come to be known as ‘the sharing economy’ in mass and social media encompasses a plethora of enterprises that facilitate the exchange (sometimes sharing) of underutilized resources often (but not always) with the help of web platforms and advances in information communication technology (ICT). As a rapidly expanding sector its impact on regulation, sustainability, consumer and labor protection, and social relations is evolving, contested and understudied.
To date, much media attention is focused only on tip of the sharing economy “iceberg” celebrating activities characterized by capitalist firms, waged labor, novel platform economies, finance capital, and commodity exchange. While there are examples of food sharing in this narrow category (e.g. Eat With, MealSharing), social enterprises, cooperatives, informal gifting networks, voluntary and caring labor have long formed the life-blood of diverse food sharing practices.
As a result, we are interested in empirical and conceptual papers from across the diverse terrain of contemporary food sharing and we are particularly keen to receive abstracts for papers that examine one or more dimensions of the following:
At the same time, we seek to bring order to this cornucopia of food sharing, and thus are particularly interested in papers that engage with one or more of the following themes and frameworks in their analysis of food sharing:
Empirically and theoretically informed papers are very welcome and we are looking to develop a Special Issue on food sharing economies from papers that participate in this session.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to both Oona Morrow (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anna Davies (email@example.com) by 30th September 2016.
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