Yale Food Systems Symposium
Yale University, October 18-19, 2013

Request for Proposals

The parallel forces of urbanization and globalization are transforming our planet. They are bringing unprecedented changes to food production and distribution, livelihoods, communities, and the environment. While the pace of this transformation presents significant challenges to the creation of just and sustainable food systems, it may also create powerful opportunities: to support ecological stewardship, promote economic sustainability, cultivate human health, and ensure social justice. Currently, divergent food system paradigms compete for validity. How can these diverse perspectives be negotiated? How can we synchronize the efforts of research, policy, and practice?

The Yale Food Systems Symposium will bring emerging and established scholars and practitioners to work together in action-oriented sessions that address the complex ecological and socio-economic processes of food production, consumption, climate change and rapid urbanization. A variety of session formats will encourage transdisciplinary dialogue and an active exchange of ideas. We seek a diversity of proposal formats: panels, working groups, roundtables, poster presentations, and papers. We welcome perspectives from the natural and social sciences, from applied disciplines, and from community practitioners. Proposals that bring scholars and practitioners together, work across disciplines, or partner emerging and established researchers are especially encouraged.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

Climate change and the food system
Urbanization, land use change, and food systems planning
Politics, policies, and governance across scales
Agricultural biodiversity and issues of genetic property
Sustainable intensification, multi-functional agriculture
Urban-rural linkages
Public and market-based approaches to regulating the food system
Alternative food networks
The right to food, food justice, and food sovereignty movements
Industrial ecology approaches to food systems analysis
Sustainable diets and assessing and forecasting nutrition trends
Sustainable supply chains
University-community partnerships
Research methods, participatory practice, and frameworks for collaboration

Abstract Submissions

Deadline for submission is July 1st, 2013. Abstracts & Workshop Proposals should be 150-200 words and include a title and keywords. Please submit online using our abstract submission form. Accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2013.

Please see the conference website, http://www.yalefoodsymposium.org for more information. Abstracts may be submitted through the survey form located on the website.Questions about proposal submission and registration may be directed to yalefoodsymposium@gmail.com.

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