On March 25, 2020, the Board of the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) met to discuss how to best proceed with the 2020 conference, following the decision by Congress on March 18th to move to a virtual conference.
We have made the difficult decision to withdraw from Congress and cancel this year’s CAFS Assembly. We know this will be disappointing to many, as the annual CAFS Assembly is a unique opportunity for many of us to come together, build a scholarly community, and share our work.
Please read the full statement from the Board here. It includes detailed cancellation instructions and information about our Annual General Meeting, which will proceed online.
Please note that Student Paper Award and Lifetime Achievement Award applications are still open, and are due March 31, 2020. See CFP for more details.
The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) planned to 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.
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