A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

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

  • 2022 Special Focus—Imagining the Edible: Food, Creativity, and the Arts
  • THEME 1: FOOD PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
  • THEME 2: FOOD, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH
  • THEME 3: FOOD POLITICS, POLICIES, AND CULTURES

Conference Chairs

Kathleen LeBesco

Kathleen LeBesco

Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Professor of Communication and Media Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, United States

Dr. Peter Naccarato

Dr. Peter Naccarato

Vice President, Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, Marymount Manhattan College, United States

Conference Partner

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