Canadian Association for Food Studies

Association #297
Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS )
Conference dates: 
Sunday, June 2, 2019 to Wednesday, June 5, 2019
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CAFS #297 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its fourteenth annual assembly at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from June 2-5, 2019 in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Founded in 2005, CAFS promotes critical, multidisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems, including but not limited to: food policy, production, distribution, and consumption. CAFS members are drawn from an array of disciplines including adult education, agriculture, anthropology, cultural studies, design, economics, environmental studies, health studies, home economics, human nutrition, geography, literature, philosophy, policy studies, psychology, public health, rural studies, social work, sociology, theatre and performance studies, and urban planning. CAFS membership is open to academics, activists, students, policy makers, community workers, professionals, practitioners, and others interested in food studies research and practice. CAFS recognizes the need for transdisciplinary research on food issues both within and outside of academia in response to societal needs. The conference is an opportunity to share knowledge in a number of domain areas such as informing and critiquing policy, assessing and mobilizing the outcomes of community-based work, and demonstrating the health, social, economic, political, cultural, spiritual, and environmental impacts of food systems. Theme of the 2019 CAFS Conference Through the lens of Circles of Food, this year’s CAFS conference aspires to create space for furthering the interdisciplinary nature of food studies, including our ongoing efforts to build stronger, more sustainable and just food systems, and other attempts to increase the breadth and depth of the meaning of food to the human experience. As food work and food studies are influenced by diverse relationships, conversations, and learning experiences, this year’s conference theme highlights those processes, narratives, and systems that connect us to food. At the same time, we aim to recognize and celebrate the diverse ontological and epistemological perspectives that different people and groups bring to food studies. With this approach we seek to bring together “circles of conversation” to include voices from a variety of communities of practice and learning, including academic, civil society, activist and other spheres. The theme, “Circles of Food” is particularly relevant given that we will be gathering in Vancouver on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and in light of the importance of learning circles to many Indigenous communities. More generally, circles can represent a challenge to linear and hierarchical ways of thinking about the world and our place within it. The challenges related to our food systems are great, and will require innovative and collaborative approaches to overcome them.
disponible à partir du printemps 2019.
Open events: 
Date & time Event Hosted by Series
Jun 2 -
9:30 - 17:00
Exploration Gallery of the Canadian Association for Food Studies Canadian Association for Food Studies Association events
Jun 4 -
10:30 - 12:00
Critical Perspectives at the Intersection of Food and Communication Studies | Perspectives critiques à l’intersection des études sur l’alimentation et en communication Canadian Communication Association, Canadian Association for Food Studies Association events
Jun 5 -
15:30 - 17:00
A River runs through Us. Enacting Food Sovereignty in the Coastal Indigenous Nation of Tseshaht – The Communal Fish Pot Canadian Association for Food Studies Association events
• Food Advocacy and Food Movements • Food Production and Procurement • Food Systems • Food and Health • Food and Cooking • Food and Knowledge • Food and Culture • Food and Gender • Food and Nature • Food and History • Food and the Arts • Food Marketing and Advertising • Food and Technology
Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 22, 2019
President's Reception: 
June 3, 2019
Program Chairs: 

Bryan Dale, University of Toronto and Andrea Noriega, Carleton University

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Simon Erlich, The University of British Columbia, Cameron Barker and Terri Evans, Simon Fraser University


For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.