Sixth International Conference on Food Studies

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
12-13 October 2016

The carbon footprint of our species has been increasingly recognized as a defining factor in the
current geological age: the age of the anthropocene. This age and its ecosystemic traces are
defined by a particular history, the “great acceleration” of human impact upon nature: modern
industry, population growth, and increasing per capita consumption. This history has resulted in a
number of human-induced changes to global temperatures, sea levels, CO2 levels in the
atmosphere, to name just a few. The production, distribution, and consumption of food—at local and global scales—provide a critical insight into the human and natural dynamics of this age. They
simultaneously reveal demands, strategies, and possibilities for change. What is the future of
sustainable and equitable food systems in the age of the anthropocene? How do we balance the
demands of ecosystems, producers, and consumers in an age marked by the effects of climate
change? What are the particular demands for change produced by the age? What are the broader
implications for thinking about the nature of this change, toward more sustainable and equitable food systems in particular, and communities in general?  The 2016 meeting will feature a special focus on this provocative subject. We welcome open debate, discourse and research from participants that center on this special topic, as well as the yearly conference themes described below, and any other issues relevant to food studies.


Proposal Submissions and Deadlines:
We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final
submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The
dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submissions based on our corresponding registration
Early Proposal Deadlines – 12 March 2016
Regular Proposal Deadlines – 12 July 2016
Late Proposal Deadlines – 12 September 2016