Call for proposals for the Biomigrations: Food Justice, Security, and Sovereignty in the Americas conference, April 2-3, 2021

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) Graduate Student Council is inviting graduate student scholars, community members, and artists to submit proposal abstracts of speeches, scholarly papers, or in-progress film/mixed media works to discuss at their first annual Food Systems Conference, titled “ Biomigrations: Food Sovereignty, Security, and Justice in the Americas”. Biomigrations, as BFI graduate student fellow Jesus Nazario generally defines it, is a way to reconsider notions of Life and Movement. It is a way to explore one's community, self, and spirit(s) through Indigenous rooting, refusal, and violence. Biomigrations is premised on the idea that humans need to know where they have come from (Indigenous rooting), how they have arrived at such becoming (refusal), and how they are enacting structural pain(s) to humans and non-humans through their Being (violence). Example topics include, but are not limited to: traditional ecological knowledge, community food systems, land rematriation, food and nutrition policy, cooperatives, agroecology, feminist food justice, biotechnology, transnational foodways, sustainable development, undocumented farmworker labor, non-human centered research, food recovery, and regenerative agriculture. The virtual conference will take place on April 2-3, 2021, and is free to all participants and attendees The deadline for proposal abstract submissions is Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time).

By Danielle L. Lee
Author - Director of Communications & Research Engagement