CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 3rd Annual Workshop on Food Justice

Call for Proposals
Third Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together
May 15th and 26th 2015
at Michigan State University
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CFP – Just Sustainability, Seattle University

August is a beautiful time to visit Seattle!

Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability will host Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons from August 7-9, 2014.

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JOB – Asst. Prof., Food Studies, York University (Canada)

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Food Studies
Home Faculty: Environmental Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Environmental Studies

Position Start Date: July 1, 2014

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CFP – Workshop on Food Justice

Cultivating-Food-Justice-LogoThe Second Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together
Michigan State University
May 23rd – 25th, 2014


Food justice is a growing movement that has inspired both on-the-ground community projects and theoretical articulations across multiple disciplines. This workshop aims to help scholars and practitioners identify and address the challenges and opportunities in food justice, including issues surrounding food access, food sovereignty, agricultural and environmental ethics, and agricultural sustainability . The conference will span three days and include scholarly talks and visits to local environmental justice projects.

Paper proposals are invited in areas such as

  • Food security and food sovereignty
  • Local foods as a social movement
  • Agricultural ecology and sustainability
  • Issues surrounding non-human animals in agriculture
  • Food, diet, and cooking as co-constitutive with identity
  • Agricultural policy and food standards

The workshop is intended as a transdisciplinary space to forge connections between theories and between theory and practice.  Papers accessible to a public audience in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, history, literary criticism, political ecology, religious studies, and the human dimensions of environmental sciences are all encouraged.  Details of the first conference can be found at

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for panels and 300-word abstracts for individual presentations are due by March 1st, 2014. Please send proposals and abstracts, and any questions, to Ian Werkheiser or Zach Piso.

CONFERENCE – The Future of Food: Food, Culture and Ethics; Lisbon, Portugal

future of foodSeminar Series: The Future of Food – Environment, Health and Economy
December 13, 2012
3:00pm (workshop) & 5:30pm (conference)
“Food, culture and ethics ”
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (free entry)
Lisbon, Portugal
(information in Portuguese below – informações em português abaixo)

Workshop: “Food waste in Portugal”, coordinated by Sofia Guedes Vaz (SEA member)


Jesus Contreras (Observatori de l’Alimentació, Spain)
Mediterranean Diet: from necessity as a virtue to virtue as a necessity

Luísa Neto (University of Porto Law School, Portugal)
Nutrition as a public policy: the guarantee or the restriction of rights?

More information about the event can be found here.

About the Seminar series

The global economic crisis urges a new and comprehensive reflection upon the paradigm change regarding the definition of priorities and behaviour. Civil society can play a crucial role in the search for possible solutions, both locally and globally.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation focuses on anticipating the problems that will most affect our society by promoting informed debate about these challenges, trialling solutions for these problems at local level, mediating the dialogue between social organisations and various sectors of society, consolidating organisations’ capacity to act, mobilising partnerships and disseminating best practice.

In this context, the Gulbenkian Human Development Programme (GHDP) and the Gulbenkian Aid Development Programme (GADP) have organised a series of seminars, commissioned by José Lima Santos in co-operation with Isabel do Carmo and Pedro Graça, about the future of food and its implications on environment, health and economy. It aims to contribute to the debate by inviting experts in the various problem areas to share their knowledge and vision, as part of a wide-ranging and inclusive debate that promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and the emergence of new positions.

Possible options and choices will be discussed at each meeting, as well as a number of recommendations for the various stakeholders in each area: science and technology, economics and markets, public policies, consumers, farmers and industry.

The texts of the meetings will be published in a book.

Live online streaming of the event will be available.


Ciclo de Conferências: O Futuro da Alimentação – Ambiente, Saúde e Economia
13 de dezembro de 2012
15h00 (workshop) e 17h30 (conferência)
“Alimentação, Cultura e Ética”
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (entrada franca)
Lisboa, Portugal

Workshop: “Desperdício alimentar em Portugal”, coordenado por Sofia Guedes Vaz (membro da SEA)


Jesus Contreras (Observatori de l’Alimentació, Espanha)
Dieta mediterranea: de la necesidad como virtud a la virtud como necesidad

Luísa Neto (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
A nutrição como política pública: ainda a garantia ou já a restrição de

Maiores informações sobre os eventos estão disponíveis no site da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Sobre o ciclo de conferências

A crise económica mundial apela a uma reflexão profunda e emergente sobre a mudança de paradigma na definição de prioridades e nos comportamentos. A sociedade civil pode assumir um papel fundamental na procura de soluções possíveis, tanto ao nível mais local como global. A Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian tem vindo a investir na antecipação dos problemas que mais profundamente marcarão a nossa sociedade, na promoção do debate informado sobre estes desafios, na experimentação a nível local de novas soluções para aqueles problemas, na mediação do diálogo entre organizações sociais e os vários sectores da sociedade, no reforço da capacidade de atuação das organizações, na mobilização de parcerias e na disseminação de boas-práticas.

Nesta linha, o Programa Gulbenkian de Desenvolvimento Humano(PGDH) e o Programa Gulbenkian de Ajuda ao Desenvolvimento (PGAD) organizaram este ciclo de conferências sobre o futuro da alimentação e as suas implicações no ambiente, na saúde e na economia, comissariado por José Lima Santos com a colaboração de Isabel do Carmo e Pedro Graça. Convidámos especialistas nas diversas áreas-problema a partilhar connosco os seus conhecimentos e visão, no âmbito de um debate alargado e integrador que promova o diálogo interdisciplinar e a emergência de novas visões. Em cada uma das sessões serão analisadas opções e escolhas possíveis e produzidas recomendações para os diversos intervenientes: ciência e tecnologia, economia e mercados, políticas públicas, consumidores, agricultores e indústria.

Os textos das sessões serão editados em livro.

Os eventos serão transmitidos em direto online.

JOB – Rock Ethics Institute Postdoctoral Scholars

The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State has a threefold mission to promote ethics education, research, and outreach.  In particular, we aim a) to integrate ethics education across the Penn State curriculum and to provide informal ethics education to our community in order to underscore and strengthen a culture of integrity and responsibility at Penn State, and b) to serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research in the field of ethics that is both collaborative and policy-relevant.   We pursue our educational aim by working with faculty across the university to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to integrate ethics into their undergraduate classes. We are also launching a program to train STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to become leaders and educators in the field of research ethics. Our research efforts have led to a series of exciting collaborations related to food ethics, neuroethics, and climate ethics, including a recent NSF sponsored research network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies which will investigate the question: “What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?” At least four ten-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded with appointments beginning August 2013. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and may be continued for a maximum of 3 years contingent upon satisfactory performance and the needs of the Institute. The salary range is $45,000-$60,000 per year, depending on experience. We are interested in hiring Postdoctoral Scholars with expertise in the following areas:

  • Science and ethics, with particular interest in coupled epistemic-ethical issues in climate change science and in the life sciences
  • Engineering ethics
  • Bioethics, with particular interest in food ethics
  • Business ethics
  • Ethics education and moral literacy, with particular interest in ethics education assessment
  • Ethical leadership
  • Ethics in K-12 curriculum
  • Research ethics
  • Institutional ethics
  • Agricultural ethics

Scholars will receive training and mentorship. They will be expected to assist in designing, offering, and assessing ethics training for faculty and graduate students, to participate in collaborative research in ethics, and to help to strengthen the interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus. Scholars can expect to work on co-authored publications and engage in research that will contribute to their own research trajectory. Scholars may also receive experience working on grants and other fundraising activities. They will also work closely with senior faculty related to their area of expertise and participate in multi-disciplinary seminars and conferences. There may be opportunities to teach one class per year. Applicants are expected to have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. or professional degree by the appointment date.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit an online application at and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent confidentially to Deborah Trialonas at

A complete application will include the following materials:

  • A cover letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications, including how their background qualifies them for one or more of the above listed areas of interest and how their experience is relevant to the position as described;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 4, 2013. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage.  We will be interviewing candidates February 20-23, 2013 at the Central APA in New Orleans.  Skype interviews will be arranged for those unable to attend the Central APA meetings.