Fifth International Conference on Food Studies

  • 2015 Special Focus: A Cross Roads in Food Studies—Alternative vs. Traditional Food Systems and Movements
  • 18–19 September 2015
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

95+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Fifth International Conference on Food Studies.

17

Countries represented.

2015 Special Focus: A Cross Roads in Food Studies: Alternative vs. Traditional Food Systems and Movements

The world faces a series of challenges that engage the food studies community. On the one hand, some regions of the world are increasingly plagued by food insecurity, hunger, and famine. On the other, questions about the environmental and economic sustainability of traditional input-heavy agriculture continue to encourage scholars and practitioners to think in terms of a return to local or community-based agriculture. Linked to this discussion is the controversy over the development and cultivation of genetically modified foods, the role of organic agriculture in modern food systems, and concerns about our ability to feed an ever-growing human population. The 2015 meeting will focus on the cross roads between alternative food systems and traditional systems of agricultural production. We welcome debate, discourse, and research from scholars and practitioners who engage these issues as well as other subjects related to the food studies discourse.

Plenary Speakers

The Fifth International Conference on Food Studies featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Susan F. Clark

Susan F. Clark

Associate Professor and Director, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA

"Cultivating Community and Civically Engaged Citizens Through an Innovative Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor"

Jennie Hodge

Jennie Hodge

Director, Micah’s Backpack, Virginia, USA

"Community + Universities = Impacts: How Micah's Backpack Partners with Higher Ed to Transform Lives"

Graduate Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2015 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Chinelo Arinze

Chinelo Arinze

Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

Grace Avila

Grace Avila

Fordham University, Claremont, USA

Erin Cassar

Erin Cassar

Temple University, Wyndmoor, USA

Megan McGuffey

Megan McGuffey

University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA

Mohammad Moniruzzaman

Mohammad Moniruzzaman

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada

Sara Santa Cruz

Sara Santa Cruz

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA

Ezinne Igwe

Ezinne Igwe

Dylan Daniel

Dylan Daniel

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA

Alec Clott

Alec Clott

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA