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CFP: Global Food Crisis

6 October, 2008

The US National Association of Practicing Anthropologists has just released a call for papers on the subject of the global food crisis.  Here are the details:

Global Food Crisis: Perspectives from Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Sponsor: NAPA Bulletin, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)
Contact Information:

David A. Himmelgreen
Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, SOC 107
Tampa FL 33620
Email: dhimmelg [at]


The NAPA Bulletin welcomes submissions for a thematic issue on “Global Food Crisis: Perspectives from Practicing and Applied Anthropologists,” to be tentatively published in Spring 2010. NAPA Bulletin is the official publication for the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. Recently, a convergence of events including environmental threats (e.g., floods, droughts, frosts) and cost of fuel in the United States and around the globe has resulted in skyrocketing food prices throughout the world, leading to a global food crisis not seen in decades. The ensuing threats of hunger and food insecurity have caused civil strife and political instability in dozens of developing countries. In the United States and other industrialized countries, rising food prices has further eroded the buying capacity of consumers and threatened the ability of families to access nutritious food in sufficient quantity. While the increase in food prices have been felt by most Americans regardless of socio-economic status, low income families have been the most drastically affected. The effect of this trend in rising prices on food security is clearly seen by increases in the use of soup kitchens in majority of the major U.S. cities. This proposed NAPA volume will bring contributions from both practicing and applied anthropologists to examine how rising food prices are affecting peoples’ food choices, to discuss the way international and domestic food and energy policies are exacerbating the problem of hunger and food insecurity in both developing and industrialized nations, and to provide recommendation for addressing the global food crisis in the coming years. This CFP invites practicing and applied anthropologists and other social scientists with expertise in aspects of agriculture and food, especially as they relate to global food policies, structural adjustment programs, and the development of food assistance initiatives either within or outside the United States to contribute full-length articles (approximately 7,500 wordsto this proposed volume.

Please submit a 250 word abstract and 150 word biographical sketch to David Himmelgreen , no later than November 1, 2008.

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