CALL FOR PAPERS
New Farmer Subjectivities and the Meaning of ‘Good’ Farming
2017 American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA, April 5-9, 2017, Paper Sessions
Organizers: Julia Laforge, University of Manitoba, firstname.lastname@example.org and Charles Z. Levkoe, Lakehead University, email@example.com
Since the 1950s, narratives of the ‘good’ farmer have become increasingly embedded within a productivist paradigm that point to success through higher yields and competitive advantage, while relying on chemical inputs, mechanization, and biotechnology (Burton 2004, McGuire et al. 2013). Yet the majority of farmers across the globe continue to struggle through economic, ecological, and social challenges in order to maintain their livelihoods. While subject to the realities of the corporate food regime, they are also challenging dominant agricultural discourses and practices.
A new generation of farmers is emerging and working closely with established growers to challenge farmer subjectivities and present a different vision of ‘good’ farming. In the global north, many new farmers are coming from non-agricultural, urban, and occasionally immigrant backgrounds bringing with them lived experiences and unconventional ideas of what it means to farm and be a farmer (Ngo & Brklacich 2014, Mailfert 2007). Many of these new farmers are also engaging in issues of social justice, working within ecological systems, and experimenting with viable economic alternatives (Niewolny & Lillard 2010). Engaging traditional and scientific knowledge, they embrace agroecological approaches that include a wide range of philosophical, scientific, and practical applications of ecological principles. Beyond running farm businesses, new farmers are also connecting to the global food sovereignty movement and contributing to community economies and more sustainable futures (Gibson-Graham 2006; Harris 2009). Furthermore, women are leading many of these initiatives and are playing a central role in movement organizing, research and policy (Desmarais 2003; Sachs et al. 2016).
In this session we will explore new farmer subjectivities and the meaning of ‘good’ farming as part of the food sovereignty movement. We invite participants to submit abstracts that discuss the following themes and questions:
Following a series of paper presentations, discussants from academic and farming sectors will provide commentary on the major themes addressed.
To participate in this session, please send an abstract (250 words maximum) including title, 5 key words, author(s), institutional affiliation and contact details (including email) to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by September 30, 2016.
All accepted participants will be required to: 1) register and submit your abstract to the AAG following the AAG guidelines (http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/register); 2) send your PIN number to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 27, 2016; and, 3) send a draft paper to the organizers by March 1, 2017.
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