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Mapping the Edible City (2020)
Together with anthropologist Dr. Ferne Edwards (RMIT, Australia) and geographer Prof. Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University, UK), Bohn&Viljoen will be convening and curating a conference panel for the international conference Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future to be held in London in June 2020.

Our panel, titled Mapping the Edible City: Making visible communities and food spaces in the city, received the highest number of submissions of all panels to this prestigious conference, and, since January 2020, we are in communication with our new panel partners so as to mount a successful presentation this June.
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Three of the many product labels issued to participants as part of the DQE urban regeneration project Urbane Agrikultur in Köln-Ehrenfeld. (image: Bohn&Viljoen and DQE 2011)
The conference is co-organised by the British Academy, the British Museum, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal Geographical Society and SOAS University of London. It will be held from the 4th to the 7th of June 2020 in SOAS, Senate House, and the Clore Centre of the British Museum with the opening taking place at the Royal Geographical Society on the evening of 4 June.

Our panel welcomed inputs from anthropologists, geographers and other disciplines engaged with urban space to explore the emergence and possibilities for urban food mapping practices. We were seek papers/contributions that explore the tensions, criticisms and new theoretical and methodological directions that such mapping introduces across disciplines in relation to key themes that include (but are not limited to) identity, space-use conflicts, gender, migration, the senses, ecology, productivity, and home/place-making through food. We welcomed both, academic papers and other contributions including, but not limited to maps, audio, and video.
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Mapping food and its producers in an urban district in the City of Cologne, Germany, as part of the DQE urban regeneration project Urbane Agrikultur in Köln-Ehrenfeld. (image: Bohn&Viljoen and DQE 2011)
Abstract of our call for contributions/papers:
Traditional mapping practices have drastically changed in recent years from having an apolitical, authorative voice. Enabled by new technologies, maps are no longer singular, static or reductive but instead are being transformed to make visible, educate and to empower many, by engaging different perspectives, topics, tempos and mobilities. Traditionally based in geography due to an engagement with space and place, spatial and urban anthropology now also speak to the particularities of place and locality, while a geographical turn welcomes in ‘thick description’ as storytelling and new media to the map. Popular, novel approaches include radical, guerrilla, emotional and critical cartography which enrich current urban design and planning studies with complex and surprising findings. Urban food practices, a topic of increasing interest to all, urban design, anthropology and geography due to increasing urbanisation, environmental concerns, precarity and a desire to reconnect to nature and to one’s food source, are also prolific in uptaking new mapping styles. Using GIS and other forms of artist, participatory and community mapping, amongst others, food mapping provides a rich arena in which to apply mapping as a tool to communicate new ways of understanding urban space, identities, relationships, informal and alternative economies, mobilities, and connections in and across the city. This panel seeks papers and other contributions that explore the tensions, criticisms, and new theoretical and methodological directions that such mapping introduces across disciplines in relation to key themes that include (but are not limited to) identity, space-use conflicts, gender, migration, the senses, ecology, productivity, and home/place-making through food.
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Mapping food and its producers in an urban district in the City of Cologne, Germany, as part of the DQE urban generation project Urbane Agrikultur in Köln-Ehrenfeld. (image: Dirk Melzer 2011)
For further information on the conference see the conference’s website.

To keep up to date with the panel development see our Productive Urban Landscape research blog.