Resistance, Resilience and Security:
Australasian Agri-Food Research Network XX 2013 – MELBOURNE DECEMBER 2-5
Building on Agri-Food XIX in Palmerston North, we ask: how can we continue to resist the dominant paradigms after 20 years of labouring for critical and substantial alternatives? How can the resistance and critique we offer actively contribute to and catalyse change?
Join the discussion, present a paper, listen to the call (click on the Papers tab for details) and register to come to Melbourne for Agri-Food XX.
In 2013, Agri-Food, our 20th network conference, considers how practitioners and academics separately and together build common understandings of what needs to be resisted; what social resilience means; how social and biophysical systems interact and in their connectivity, create innovative, opportunistic and mostly adaptive responses to the incessant pressures of the everyday?
Food security, biosecurity, energy and water security, biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods are endlessly used and frequently appropriated terms that transform local experience and endeavours to the global and transnational stage. The alternative discourses of food sovereignty, social and ecological flows, connectivity and multi-scalar interaction need to be embodied not just in scholarship and local practice but in currently entrenched networks of political and corporate power. We need to pay attention to how these ‘securities’ are being constructed and who their operational momentum empowers. Let us consider the usefulness (or not) of resilience, resistance and security and ask ourselves: how can we shape discourses and action that support the transformation of the social, cultural, economic and material values and relationships that currently characterise agri-food systems.
A sustainable conference
We are trying hard to organise a sustainable conference – and have opted for vegetarian catering during the conference itself (although there will be more options for the conference dinner which is currently being planned). Conference bags won’t be given out this year (we thought we all had enough now) and instead of a printed booklet for the program and abstracts we will be going electronic as far as possible. The program will be made available prior to the conference for those who would prefer to print a hard copy.
Please let us know if you have any other ideas of how to deliver a sustainable conference.
Community food activists, practitioners, change agents and policy folk are also invited to this conference to begin to bridge the gap between theory and practice, make connections across these often disparate spaces and to mutually inform, learn and strategise about ways to enact change in the food system. Many frontline workers are actively engaged in critiquing and responding to food security, the global food crisis and alternative visions for sustainable production – and this year’s conference as the 20th Agri-Food conference, aims to offer a new space for creative alliances. As such, the call for Working Groups and Special Sessions is also extended to the ‘practitioner’ community.