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 also want to be ready for the possibility of 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.
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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