IFSTAL Digest 14th June 2018

IFSTAL Digest 14th June 2018

by Harley Pope -
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 Dear IFSTAL comrades,


On Tuesday (12th June) we had a great webinar with Dr Alex Arnall and Saher Hasnain who discussed their research interests related to food system disruption and peoples’ everyday experiences related to how they sources and use food under difficult circumstances.  As alumni you will be able to see when we next run a webinar and we encourage you to drop in in the future.


Thanks everyone who applied for a place on the summer school.  We were oversubscribed so apologise to all those who were unable to secure a place.  The line-up and schedule for the week is finalised and looks set to be exciting and engaging. 


As mentioned in the last digest, the Food Ethics Council are celebrating their 20th Anniversary on the 20th June (1:30-5;30pm, Central London) and have kindly made 5 tickets available to IFSTAL students – first come first served, email Rosina Borrelli on rosina.borrelli@ouce.ox.ac.uk . Speakers include Olivier De Schutter and Helen Browning among others. 


Please consider registerstering for the IFSTAL Showcase Event which will take place on 12th July at Oxford Town Hall. See here for registration details. This is a chance to help us reflect on the first three years of IFSTAL and how we train food systems change agents. Those attending the Summer School will get a free ticket to this event, and all alumni can get a discounted price.


If you have participated in IFSTAL over the past year and would like a certificate of your engagement, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal. You can apply for this at any time or get an ‘interim’ certificate if you would like to highlight your IFSTAL experience for a job before you have completed the program.


Finally a reminder to fill out the Survey [CLICK HERE]. This is our way of understanding what we did well, what we can do better and how we can improve the IFSTAL offering. It’ll only take 10 minutes of your time to fill in, and you have the chance to win £60 of restaurant vouchers, £30 of book vouchers, or most importantly of all… an IFSTAL mug!


Other Events 

Caste-ing Nutrition: The Politics of Health and Food in Modern India
The Centre for the History of Medicine and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Warwick, invite you to a one day workshop entitled Caste-ing Nutrition: The Politics of Food and Health in Modern India, convened by Shrikant Botre, CHM doctoral student and IAS Early Career Fellow.

The purpose of this workshop is to produce a research agenda for thinking about the crosscutting relations between food and caste hierarchy in India. While critically reflecting on the historical and social constructions of food, nutrition and health in colonial and late colonial times, it will consider what analytics of caste can - and can’t - do for understanding Indian food politics. Along with reviewing a global history of nutrition, historians working on the cultural politics of food will talk about the mutual constitution of food and caste in relation to reproduction, anti-caste resistance, sociability and the advertising of food in colonial and late colonial India.

Venue: Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Millburn House, University of Warwick

Date: 22 June 2018, 10.30am-4.30pm.

Registration essential.  There are 30 places available in total. To attend, please register using the form here or via the link above by 17 June 2018.


Centre for Food Policy Food Thinkers Series: "What are the research gaps that need to be filled to help public-private action be more effective in promoting nutrition?"

With Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improving Nutrition (GAIN)

Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Wednesday 27th June, 1630-1830 City, University of London register here.  



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Call for Papers 


Call for Ideas by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission: Focusing on practical actions that could improve the ways we eat, farm, and regenerate our environment and countryside communities. You can read the RSA’s assessments, methods, and the table of policies reviewed, AND give your ideas by noon on 31st May 2018 by clicking here


Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Conference, 7 November 2018, St Anne’s College, Oxford: Click here for more details on how to submit an abstract or email Kelly Reed (Kelly.reed@zoo.ox.ac.uk) for more details.


(Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response. The 5th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 27 to 29 August 2018. Details here: https://conference.ihsa.info/). Researchers from SOAS (University of London), the Institute of Development Studies (The Hague), and the Darfur Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency are organising a panel and are inviting papers on: “Politics and power effects of new technologies in food assistance and nutrition" (https://conference.ihsa.info/proposed-panels/view/305). Contact Susanne Jaspars (sj43@soas.ac.uk) for more information.


PhD/Masters Funding 




Please look at Rosina’s Workplace/Research posting too, as this is much more comprehensive – she sent it out on the 24th of May. But here are a few things: