2020 Conference

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its fifteenth annual assembly at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario from Sunday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (pre-conference Saturday, May 30, 2020) in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

CAFS 2020 will take place in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron (Neutral) people, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and with the Dish With One Spoon Covenant Wampum.

Conference Theme: Everyone at the Table

In line with the theme of Congress 2020–Bridging Divides–the theme of the CAFS 2020 conference is Everyone at the Table. Institutions of higher education in Canada have historically contributed to and benefited from prejudice and violence against black, Indigenous, and people of colour. Recent examples of racial profiling on campuses in Canada have punctuated the urgent need to address racism and colonialism in academia, as well as the need to end the dominance of white-settler perspectives in research and education. This year, CAFS equally seeks to challenge the systemic injustices of the industrial and alternative food systems that marginalize the food histories, practices, and experiences of Indigenous, African Canadian, and diverse communities. Everyone at the Table hopes to make connections between these diverse perspectives, to center historically marginalized voices, and to work towards building a greater understanding of how to achieve food justice within Canada.

Conference Details:

Call for Papers (English or French) is closed. CAFS will contact applicants with the results in late February. 

Registration: 

To register for CAFS 2020, please visit: https://www.congress2020.ca/register

Early-bird pricing is in effect until March 31, 2020, and all registered conference participants automatically become CAFS members.

Pre-Conference: 

CAFS will host a pre-conference for students, postdocs, and emerging researchers on May 30th. This is an opportunity for participants to engage in a series of peer networking activities, discussions, and workshops focused on preparing you for the next stages of your career.

Cost: $35. Includes lunch.

Location: University of Western Ontario

Pre-registration is required and can be completed via the Congress website when you register for CAFS 2020. Please visit: https://www.congress2020.ca

Banquet:

The CAFS annual banquet is an opportunity to connect with established and new colleagues, and to sample some local food! This year’s banquet will be held on the evening of May 31st at Growing Chefs, a registered charity in London, Ontario that “unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects.” 

Location: 460 King Street, London, Ontario

Cost: $65 regular; $20-$45 student/senior/unwaged (the first 30 student/senior/unwaged tickets sold will be discounted to $20. The reminder will sell for $45). Tickets do not include beverages.

Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased via the Congress website when you register for CAFS 2020. Please visit: https://www.congress2020.ca

Field Trips:

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for all field trips. The meeting locations and transit details will be provided to attendees closer to the date of the conference.

1. Urban Agriculture Walking Tour of Central London. Saturday, May 30 from 10:30am-12:30pm. Tour guests will join Rebecca Ellis, Western University & chair of the City of London’s Urban Agriculture Strategy Committee (and guests), for a walking tour of a neighbourhood-led community garden and food forest, the Wood St. Food Forest, a Pollinator Pathway neighbourhood, a downtown community garden, and the Covent Garden Market’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market (a producer-led farmer’s market). Along the way, we will discuss pollinator pathways, multispecies commoning, neighbourhood food democracy, decolonizing the food system, and London’s Urban Agriculture Strategy. Cost: $10 per person.

Register by filling out the form below.

Register for "Urban Agriculture Walking Tour of Central London"

You must pay via the PayPal button below for your registration in the field trip to be accepted. If you require an alternate payment method please email cafsadmin@foodstudies.ca

 

 

2. London’s Old East Village: From Food Desert to Food District. Saturday, May 30 from 2pm-4pm. Join hosts Jason Gilliland, Western University, and Jen Pastorius, Manager of Old East Village BIA, for a 1km walking tour along Dundas Street in Old East Village, starting at the Western Fair Farmers’ Market and ending at the Old East Village Food Incubator, with key stops in between. This tour will address the impacts of inner-city disinvestment and the attempts at economic revitalization made through food from 2003 to the present-day. Cost: $10 per person (includes coffee and light snacks).

Register by filling out the form below.

Register for "London's Old East Village: From Food Desert to Food District"

You must pay via the PayPal button below for your registration in the field trip to be accepted. If you require an alternate payment method please email cafsadmin@foodstudies.ca

 

 

Stay tuned for further updates and announcements.

For questions and inquries, please contact cafsadmin@foodstudies.ca

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