Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We are working closely with our local partners and are in the process of considering how to create safe conditions for an in-person experience. We will work toward this goal for as long as it remains a viable option. At the same time, we are on the front foot -- offering all presenters the ability to prepare for the possible move online. And, with the completion of your Presenters Page digital media giving the pathway for a rich online experience. In the end, we believe that this kind of practice will be a part of a blended future. Again, we are doing all we can to meet in-person — because we know how much that contact would mean. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in-person in a later year. This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of a place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
If you plan to attend in person, in Copenhagen, and have registered as a Blended Presenter or Audience member, please contact our support team immediately so we can confirm your attendance.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2011, the Food Studies Research Network is brought together around a common interest to explore new possibilities for sustainable food production and human nutrition, and associated impacts of food systems on culture. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Eleventh International Conference on Food Studies calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus–Making Sense from Taste: Quality, Context, Community
  • THEME 1: FOOD PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
  • THEME 2: FOOD, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH
  • THEME 3: FOOD POLITICS, POLICIES, AND CULTURES

Conference Chairs

Karen Wistoft

Karen Wistoft

Professor (mso) DPU, Aaruhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Qvortrup

Lars Qvortrup

Professor, Danish School of Education, Aaruhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

​Plenary Speakers

Karen Wistoft

Karen Wistoft

Professor (mso) DPU, Aaruhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Qvortrup

Lars Qvortrup

Professor, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ole G. Mouritsen

Ole G. Mouritsen

Professor, Gastrophysics and Culinary Food Innovation, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Søren Ejlersen

Søren Ejlersen

CEO, Aarstiderne, Founder of Gardens for Bellies, Denmark

Conference Partner

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