Special Issue "The Invisible Sustainability of Otherness: Rethinking Food Systems from the Margins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020) | Viewed by 7583
Interests: informal food economies; sustainable food production and consumption; alternative food networks; sharing; geography of knowledge production; postcolonial geography
Inspired by post-colonial calls to incorporate work from “outside of the core” in the production of general knowledge, this Special Issue seeks to bring to light how geographical contexts beyond the Anglosphere generate novel insights and knowledge that can help us to rethink the sustainability of food systems. Scholarship on sustainable food systems in global peripheries tends to rely on theories and concepts generated by research conducted in the Anglosphere, and thus its vitality and efficacy is assessed according to criteria derived from the “centre”. As a result, findings often tend to replicate and confirm, rather than challenge and extend, current knowledge and theory. At the same time, however, sustainable food initiatives in the “centre” have been subject to growing critique about their small scale, niche quality, social exclusivity, and precarity. Recent reports about agriculture’s key role in the destruction of wildlife and planetary ecosystems point to the urgent need to search for alternative approaches to sustainable food systems.
This Special Issue calls for papers that incorporate insights into the (un)sustainability of food systems both from studies conducted beyond the Anglosphere and/or that seek an innovative dialogue between critical food studies and human-animal studies. What can non-human animals (especially farm animals) teach us about the sustainability of current food systems? What can we learn from food provisioning practices enacted in geographical areas beyond the Anglosphere?
The broader aim is to extend what is typically considered as “general knowledge” on sustainable food systems to include studies of diversified food systems, sustainable food consumption, informal economic networks, extensive agriculture, and traditional animal husbandry in global (semi-)peripheries. In general, we look for contributions that explore how we can learn about sustainable food provisioning practices (e.g., traditional and innovative food sharing schemes, food waste reduction and prevention strategies, foraging practices, community gardening, agroecology schemes, extensive and traditional animal husbandry practices, “hobby farms”, etc.) from the perspectives of both human and non-human actors.
By highlighting these opportunities, this Special Issue seeks to encourage a more inclusive, comprehensive, and equal exchange along both the centre-periphery and periphery-periphery axes of geographical knowledge production for advancing research on food systems’ sustainability. In so doing, it seeks to counterbalance two apparently dominant trends in international debates around food systems and their (un)sustainability: first, the common, often unspoken, assumption that the Anglosphere provides the context where other societies find inspiration and sources of socio-technical innovation. Second, the prevalent anthropocentricism of food and sustainability studies, which neglect considering (farm) animals as individuals from whom we can learn.
Dr. Petr Jehlička
Dr. Annalisa Colombino
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- everyday sustainabilities
- alternative food networks
- informal food economies
- sharing economies
- farm animals
- animal husbandry
- human-animal relations
- animal welfare
- inequality of knowledge production
- decolonisation of geographical knowledge