(papers, posters, videos)

The complexity of industrial food production, processing and distribution and the growing distance between producers and consumers are at the center of heightened attention in academia and in social movements across the globe, with the latter in particular reclaiming democratic space on how food is grown processed and commercialized. The industrial production and distribution system by transnational and national corporations has been qualified by various scholars as deterritorialized, placeless and generating foods that are standardized and homogenized.

Concomitantly, alternative production processes are taking place with the view to re-embedding food in its territorial, cultural and social context. This food relocalization is usually associated with the contested notions of quality and sustainability; growing and consuming food locally is considered by some scholars and depicted in the media as beneficial for the health, the environment and the local economy.

The relocalization of food production is part of a more general agenda faced by the international community in relation to global food production and consumption. In a world of plenty, there are still 805 million people who are undernourished and 1.4 billion who are overweight, representing both human suffering and a heavy burden on the countries’ public health sector. The dramatic loss of biodiversity, the threats posed by climate changes and the expected increase of the world population to 9.1 billion by 2050 invite new reflections on the sustainability of the Earth’s resources and on the local-global linkages to steer collectively towards equitable and sustainable food production systems as well as sustainable diets. The framing of this problem occurs through academia but it is also shared, co-created and resonated through the media and the arts.

The aims of the Conference are:

to review theories and empirical evidence on local food production and consumption and their contextualization in the current and future prospects of the world food situation;
to contribute to the knowledge, teaching and dialogue on food as an interdisciplinary topic and identify areas of work and research from a social science and liberal arts perspective, including new communication genres.

The themes of the Conference for the contributions include (but are not limited to) the following:

Local foods and global sustainability challenges
Local foods and sustainable consumption
Local foods and sustainable diets
Local foods and biodiversity
Environmental sustainability of local foods
Social sustainability of local foods
Economic sustainability of local foods
Consumers’ knowledge about foods, localness and quality
The construction of quality
Marketing of local foods
Local foods in the U.S. and the EU
Technologies for sustainable local food production
Governance and policies for sustainable consumption
Food’s environmental footprint
Local foods for food and nutrition security

Keynote speaker

Tim Lang, University College London
Invited speakers

Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa
Maria Fonte, University of Naples Federico II
Chair of the Organizing Committee

Maria Grazia Quieti, Dean of Graduate Studies and Program Director, AUR
Organizing and Scientific Committee

Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa
Robert Buganza, AUR Adjunct Faculty (Film and Digital Media Program)
Barbara Burlingame, AUR Adjunct Faculty (MA in Food Studies)
Lorenzo Coretti, AUR Faculty ((Film and Digital Media Program)
Maria Fernandez, Honorary Research Fellow, Bioversity International
Maria Fonte, University of Naples Federico II
Kristen Palana, AUR Faculty (Film and Digital Media Program)
Rome Sustainable Food Project, American Academy in Rome

English will be the working language of the Conference.

Videos should be between 2 and 5 minutes long and narrated in English. For each video there should be a one-page description with the following information:
 Title
 Abstract (up to 300 words)
 References
 Acknowledgments
 Contact information with author names, affiliations, and an email address for the lead author

Video Specifications:
 HD video 16:9 ratio at either 1920x1080 or 1280x720
 Audio at 48.000Mhz
 Frame rate at 25fps or 24p
 .MOV files (MPEG4 or M4V)

Deadline: 30 May 2015
The one-page description and a short CV should be sent to

Please send a link to preview video through video-sharing services such as YouTube or Vimeo. Videos can be shared through private links. The selected videos will be on display at the conference. We also plan to include them in the electronic proceedings of the Conference. Copyright remains with the authors.

Feedback will be given by 15 July 2015.

N.B.AUR assumes all submitted video and audio is cleared for copyright by the producer(s), and will not be held responsible in the event of any eventual claims.