We're organizing a session on "Food, Justice, and the City" at the Canadian Association of Geographers/International Geographical Union conference, which will be held in Québec City from August 6 to 11th. Here's our call for papers:
Food, Justice, and the City
Canadian Association of Geographers / International Geographical Union
Québec City, August 6 – 10, 2018
Nathan McClintock (Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University), Christiana Miewald (Geography, Simon Fraser University), and Eugene McCann (Geography, Simon Fraser University)
Food – and its production, processing, distribution, and consumption in urban spaces – has become an increasingly prominent and politicized aspect of discussions about the governance and livability of cities. Yet, critical food scholars in geography and related disciplines have increasingly questioned the progressive potential of the contemporary 'food movement' on several grounds. One line of critique sheds light on how food advocates and activists are inadvertently complicit in processes of neoliberalization (Pudup, 2008; Rosol, 2012). A second line of critique challenges 'the local' as a normative scale of intervention, and warns against reducing food justice to a spatial problem that can be easily ameliorated by constructing a garden or grocery store in a food desert (Miewald & McCann, 2014; Shannon, 2014). Finally, another critique draws on critical race theory to argue that food movements are often constructed as white spaces (Ramírez, 2015; Slocum, 2007; Reynolds & Cohen, 2016), where “bringing good food to others” (Guthman, 2008) re-inscribes paternalistic, colonial patterns of oppression of people of colour. A subset of scholars parallels this critique by applying the concept of 'food sovereignty' to urban contexts in North America. Food sovereignty not only underscores resistance to the hegemony of the global agri-food system, but also the need for low-income communities of colour to determine what and how to eat (Block et al., 2012; Bradley & Galt, 2014; Daigle, 2017; Desmarais & Wittman, 2014).
While each of these lines of critique offers important insights into the politics and practice of food movements, explicit engagement with urban and political theory is only beginning to gain traction (Corcoran, Kettle, & O’Callaghan, 2017; Eizenberg, 2012; McClintock, 2014, 2018; Purcell & Tyman, 2014; Safransky, 2017; Stehlin & Tarr, 2017). The goal of this paper session is therefore to foreground the political economic processes that shape the urban food movement, including conflicts between multiple forms and scales of governance, and to highlight the connections between questions of urban food, broadly defined, politics, and social justice. Through the contributions to the session, we hope to better clarify and differentiate the multiple – and sometimes contradictory – roles that food plays in shaping the contemporary city.
The session will include, but will not be limited to, contributions on some of the following topics:
· Food justice/food sovereignty/social justice and the city
· The right to food / the right to the city
· Critical perspectives on urban food policy and planning
· Institutional vs. everyday governance of urban food
· Circulating knowledge and models of urban food justice
· Foodscape approaches to understanding urban food
· Eco/green gentrification and urban agriculture
· The role of urban agriculture in social/political/racial justice
· Alterity in urban food movements
· The racial politics of urban food
· Indigenous perspectives on urban food
· Urban food and social reproduction
· Gender, race, and food labour in cities
· Land and urban food
Interested authors are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to Nathan McClintock (firstname.lastname@example.org), Christiana Miewald (email@example.com), and Eugene McCann (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 15th. Per CAG/IGU conference requirements, the abstract must describe the object of study, research problem, methods, and conclusions.