Global Gateways and Local Connections: Cities, Agriculture, and the Future of Food Systems

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Global Gateways and Local Connections: Cities, Agriculture, and the Future of Food Systems

Join us for the Joint 2012 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN).



Co-hosted by New York University and  The New School

Wednesday, June 20th - Sunday, June 24th 2012
New York City

Conference Program - Subject to Change


As increasingly greater portions of the global population shifts towards urban environments, and cities position themselves as crucial hubs not only for food consumption, but also for its production and distribution, it becomes urgent for agriculture to reposition and reaffirm its strategic role in ensuring food security, access to governance, and acceptable livelihoods for all the actors involved. The theme of the conference highlights the need for more equitable and sustainable distribution of power and resources among various stakeholders, including those without a strong voice on the world’s stage, such as the urban and rural poor, farmers, and migrants. In line with the call for sustainable development and green economies at the core of the Rio +20 United Nations gathering, the conference offers an opportunity for scholars, students, activists, farmers, practitioners, and concerned citizens to come together and explore innovative solutions and alternative models for creative, culturally viable, and environmentally sound integration of urban and rural food systems.

New York University and The New School have been at the forefront of the research, methodologies, and pedagogies that have shaped Food Studies, and have explored creative venues of public engagement to establish vital connections and a constructive dialogue between academia, the local communities, and the larger debates at the national and global levels. We welcome not only scholarly sessions, but also encourage activists, government staff, farmers, and practitioners in food and agricultural systems to participate. Organizations, businesses, agencies, and publishers may also participate as exhibitors.


Advance registration is now closed. 

If you would still like to partcipate, registration will be open in person at the conference.


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Getting There

Around NYC

Non-NYU Accomodations


NYU Housing options are available on the registration page.  Participants are able to choose between a single- or double-occupancy room.


Dates: June 19 - June 24, 2012

Please note, participants are unable to stay for shorter or longer periods of time.  If you choose NYU housing, you must pay in full for June 19 - June 24.


Single Occupancy Room (apartment style in a two-bedroom suite): $385                                           Single bedroom with a shared common space and shared bathroom

Double Occupancy Room (apartment style in a two-bedroom suite): $255                                        Shared room with another conference participant, with two twin beds in a shared common space with a shared bathroom.

Please note, NYU housing is only available to registered conference participants.  A double occupancy room will house you with another conference participant, not a spouse, partner, etc.

NYU Housing can only be canceled and refunded until March 31.  After that date, housing is non-refundable.


Founder's Hall, 120 East 12th Street New York, NY 10003

On E. 12th Street in the East Village area among residential buildings, movie theaters, antique shops, music clubs, and many restaurants.

• Ten minute walk to Washington Square.

• Two blocks from Union Square subway station for N, R, L, Q, W, 4, 5, & 6 lines.

Getting Around Downtown

Contact for More Information

Please email with questions or for more information.

To become a member of AFHS, ASFS, and/or SAFN, please visit the respective websites:

For more information about NYU Steinhardt's Program in Food Studies, please visit:

For more information about The New School's Food Studies Program, visit:

Call for Proposals: Submissions are no longer being accepted

Although our organizations encourage a broad spectrum of topics at our conferences, we especially encourage papers, posters, panel sessions, roundtables, and workshops that speak directly to the theme from the cultural, social, and political points of view. We welcome not only academic sessions, but also strongly encourage activists, government staff, and those with practical knowledge of food and agricultural systems to participate. We welcome submissions on all aspects of food, nutrition, and agriculture, including those related to:

  • Art, Media, & Literary Analyses
  • Innovation & Development
  • Culture & Cultural Geography
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Agroecology & Conservation
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Food Safety & Risk
  • Gender & Ethnicity
  • Globalization
  • History
  • Inequality, Access, Security & Justice
  • Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Heritage and Local Traditions
  • Local Food Systems
  • Pedagogy
  • Politics, Policies & Governance in National & Global Contexts
  • Trade and Legal Issues
  • Research Methods, Practices & Issues
  • Social Action & Social Movements
  • Sustainability
  • Science & Technologies

Deadline for Paper Submission is February 1, 2012.  Abstracts should be 100-150 words, and include 3-4 keywords.  Conference papers are not needed for submission of a paper/panel. 
Applicants whose papers or panels have been selected for inclusion in the conference will be notified on March 1, 2012 via email.