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:

Now available in English or French

Abstracts submission form (bilingual) is available at this link or by copying and pasting this web address into your browser: https://forms.gle/X4akmStgMPq55riz8 

NOTE: The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to January 24, 2020. 

Registration:

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

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

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 more announcements regarding the banquet and pre-conference.

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

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