Second Circular: RADICAL FOOD GEOGRAPHIES mini-conference

Mini Conference

RADICAL FOOD GEOGRAPHIES: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance (flyer)

April 2, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Festival Center, Washington, D.C. (1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009)

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Free admission. Open to all.
RSVP required by March 1, 2019. Attendance is limited.

Light breakfast and lunch will be served by Zenful Bites, a DC-based holistic, eco-catering service. Donations may be collected at event.

(updated March 13, 2019)


Radical Food Geographies: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance

Mini Conference: Radical Food Geographies: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance

We are pleased to announce a day-long workshop on April 2, 2019 that will engage geographers and community-based food activists in strategizing how academics, policy makers, NGOs, and activists can work collaboratively to advance food justice and food sovereignty.

The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C. surrounding a series of connected conference sessions and panel discussions at the 2019 American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meetings. Together, the aim of these events is to strengthen working relationships between food justice and food sovereignty movements and critical geographers, while providing a forum for practical, grassroots, policy change-oriented work.

The events are organized by a collaborative of scholars, practitioners, and community- based activists in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, and partially supported through a grant from the Institute for Human Geography Inc. and through AAG conference enrichment funds.

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Registration details coming soon. Check this page for updates.

2019 Graduate Research Grant Competition

The AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2019 Graduate Research Grant Competition. The Master’s and Doctoral competitions are designed to support graduate students’ conducting initial research for their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

The master’s level competition is intended to support research-related travel and expenses in support of thesis research during the 2019 field season. Proposals should clearly demonstrate scholarly merit and the ability to be successfully completed during the time-frame of the master’s research.

The doctoral competition is intended to support pilot research, or provide startup funds to help launch dissertation research. This award is not intended to supplement dissertation research that is already underway or near completion. Proposals should clearly demonstrate a scholarly contribution to geographic research on food and agriculture, an ability to successfully complete the proposed work, and a readiness to begin research in 2019.

The awards are competitive; applications are judged on the basis of scholarly merit of the project, organization and clarity of the proposal, and qualifications of the student to conduct the proposed work.

Each applicant must be a student member of the GFASG at the time of application (student dues are $1), and the proposed project should be part of her/his thesis or dissertation research. Again, please note that applicants should not yet have completed research, as this is a seed grant. The amount of the research grant prize will be determined by membership and funds available to the GFASG at time of award. Past awards have been in the range of $400 – $600. Awards may not be given if no proposals are deemed suitable.

Entries undergo review by the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group’s Executive Committee. A complete application must be sent by email attachment (as a single PDF file with applicant’s name and graduate level [master’s or Ph.D.] in the title of the document). The submission and questions should be directed to Xiang Chen (chenxiangpeter [at]

The application consists of the application form and a one-page synopsis of the curriculum vitae. Applications will be evaluated based on the originality and importance of the work’s contribution to the geographies of food and agriculture, strong theoretical framework(s) and clear presentation/framing of the problem, and evidence of strong and appropriate methods. Submissions should be original, interdisciplinary, well-written and well-researched, and it should be obvious that the applicant is prepared to begin research AND has not already received full funding for the work.

The competition results will be announced at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Washington DC, during the GFASG Business Meeting.

Collen Hammelman (UNC Charlotte)
Samara Brock (Yale University)
Xiang “Peter” Chen (Arkansas Tech University)

Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group

2019 Research Grant Competitions – Application Instructions

Eligibility: Applicant must be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in Geography or related fields at an institution of higher education. The proposed research must be an integral part of ongoing research toward the Master’s or Ph.D. degree. The applicant must be a member of the AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group at the time of application.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Application Directions:

  1. Complete the Research Grant Application Form. This form includes
  • Application information
  • 250-word description of research activities
  • 500-word research proposal
  • An itemized budget of no more than two pages
  1. Provide a 1-page synopsis of your curriculum vitae.
  2. Email all materials as one file (.pdf only) to Xiang Chen (chenxiangpeter [at]

Session Sponsorship for 2019 AAG Meeting

Hi Folks,

Will you be focusing on topics related to food and agriculture at AAG in Washington, D.C.?

Please reach out to me if you want sponsorship from the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group. As the Faculty Member At-Large, I will be organizing, with the support of our board, all the sessions, panels, plenaries, events, etc. that we will sponsor. Our default answer is “yes!” but we want to keep track of all our sponsorships. Feel free to add our specialty group sponsorship to your CFPs as well.

It is easiest to email me at j.sbicca [at] with your sponsorship requests.


Josh Sbicca

Food Justice Scholar-Activist/Activist-Scholar AAG Meeting

The next in person Food Justice Scholar-Activist/Activist-Scholar meeting will take place at AAG in New Orleans.

The meeting will take place at the Marriott Hotel, Audubon Room on Thursday, 4/12/2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is immediately after the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group meeting, in the same hotel.

Agenda items include: an introduction to the group (for newcomers) and very short individual introductions; and small and large-group discussions about FJSAAS and geography and action items for the coming year.

Anyone attending AAG is welcome to the meeting.

*If you plan to participate, please come prepared to discuss briefly (1-2 minutes) either an activist project in which you are or have been involved that is situated at the interface between academic work and community work, or, if this is new to you, your visions for a project in which you hope to engage along the same lines.