Special Issue: Seeding Alternatives: Food, Agriculture & Climate Crises

Our climate is changing—how will we? 

In this special issue, the Graduate Journal of Food Studies seeks research and reflections on how food studies is changing, could change, or has to change to meet the realities of the ongoing climate emergency. We welcome both original research as well as first-person commentaries on how the climate emergency has or will change our practices, priorities, and approaches as scholars and food systems practitioners. 

How do we as scholars respond to these crises in our engagements with food and agricultural systems, as well as with  the people who labor within these systems? How will we grapple with identity, culture, geography, and boundary-making amidst climate migration and displacement? How are farmers, farm workers, restaurants, food service workers, policy makers, activists, and other actors adapting to meet the impending crisis? How or will food justice and environmental justice efforts evolve to meet this global emergency? 

It is our hope that this issue will showcase what it means—feels, smells, and tastes like—to work with and around food amidst the changing climate.   

For this issue, GJFS welcomes scholarship in a variety of formats, including, but not limited to: full-length original research articles (5000-7000 words), short-form pieces (e.g. field notes, interview transcripts, archival reports, op-eds, commentaries, creative writing, menus, and photo essays) (750-1500 words), and artwork. GJFS accepts submissions from any graduate student who works or reads in the field of food studies. 

Send your submissions to GJFSeditor@gmail.com by July 31, 2023. For more information on our submission and style guidelines, see here. Questions? Comments? Want to workshop an idea? Send us an email at GJFSeditor@gmail.com  

Submissions should speak to the issue theme of food and/or agriculture, and climate crises. Possible intersections include, but are not limited to:

  • Food sovereignty or food justice 
  • Food insecurity
  • Food politics, food policy, or food economies
  • Food ethics, biopolitics or consumption cultures (veganism, vegetarianism, plant-based, foraging, etc.)  
  • Critical animal studies
  • Food history, agricultural history, and labor history
  • Innovations in food and agricultural systems
  • Science and technology studies 
  • Environmental aesthetics, eco-feminism, or cultural criticism 
  • Decoloniality and the Global South
  • Climate migration, borders/borderlands/border waters, in relation to changing foodways and/or identities 
  • Speculative futures—Afrofuturism, Indigenous futurism, queer futurism, Transnational and global futurism 
  • Identity studies (race, ethnicity, indigenous, gender, sexuality, fat, queer, or disability studies) 
  • Oceanic studies or Archipelagic studies
  • Art as praxis, creative modes of worldmaking 
  • Hospitality, restaurants, and other business related to the food/agriculture industries 
  • Sustainability studies 
  • And more!