Fourth International Conference on Food Studies, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy
Fourth International Conference on Food Studies, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy
Conference Dinner, Fourth International Conference on Food Studies, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy

Our History...

The Food Studies Research Network

Conference

Founded in 2011, the International Conference on Food Studies provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions, in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health and social wellbeing. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of: agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic and cultural perspectives on food.

The International Conference on Food Studies is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The Food Studies Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non- hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish in an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the Food Studies Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The Food Studies Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2011 - University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA
  • 2012 - University of Illinois, Champaign, USA
  • 2013 - University of Texas at Austin, in Austin, USA
  • 2014 - Monash University Prato Centre in Prato, Italy
  • 2015 - Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
  • 2016 - University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Food Studies has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Barbara Formis, University Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France (2014)
  • Janet A. Flammang, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA (2011)
  • Jacqueline Hannah, Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana, USA (2012)
  • Wesley M. Jarrell, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2012)
  • Ronda Rutledge, Sustainable Food Center, Austin, USA (2013)
  • Bill Winders, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (2011)


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