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2021-Mar-08 : INVITE: Mapping the Edible City: Call for expressions of interest
It is our great pleasure to invite you to submit your expression of interest to our forthcoming book project Mapping the Edible City.

Together with colleagues from Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Norway and the USA, Katrin and Andre are members of the book’s editorial group. The group formed out of the conference panel Mapping the Edible City which Ferne Edwards (NTNU), André and Katrin (via the University of Brighton) ran at the international (online) Anthropology and Geography conference in September of last year.

Please find below our call for expressions of interest that opened today:
Register card for locally-grown produce as part of the urban regeneration project Urbane Agrikultur in Köln-Ehrenfeld (image: Bohn&Viljoen and DQE 2011)

Building on the success of our conference panel Mapping the Edible City: Making visible communities and food in the city at last year’s Royal Anthropological Institute’s Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future conference in London, we are pleased to be able to invite you to submit an abstract for inclusion in our forthcoming book on the subject.

We seek papers/contributions that explore the tensions, criticisms and new theoretical and methodological directions that urban food 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. Geography, urban design, architecture, photography, art and anthropology intertwine in cartography as they extend their approaches to space, storytelling, urban futures and engagement around food. Our book combines theoretical, methodological and practical examples to explore innovative map-making across disciplines and sectors that empower communities and connect people to their city through food. We welcome both, academic papers and other contributions including, such as maps.

The book will be split into four sections titled: System (Why), Land (Where), Process (When) and Action (Who). Seeking to combine both, artistic and academic styles, chapters are 8 to 10 pages long and alternate between ‘text-based’ and ‘image-based’ chapters grouped into the 4 sections. Text-based chapters have only a few images, if any, and are about 5,000 words in length. Image-based chapters focus on maps, photographs, sketches, and more with a maximum of 2,500-3,000 words. Chapters may be theoretical and conceptual through to practical applications of food mapping practices in cities. Case studies will be integrated into each of the four book sections.

Please submit a 250-word abstract proposal by Friday 9th April for either a text- or image-based chapter. Please email your proposal to Dr. Ferne Edwards (ferne.edwards@ntnu.no) and Katrin Bohn (k.bohn@brighton.ac.uk) on behalf of the book’s editorial group. We will get back to you with a reply within 4 weeks. Information about the past conference can be found here: https://www.therai.org.uk/conferences/anthropology-and-geography.

If you have any questions, please do let us know.

With our best regards and wishes for your good health,

Ferne Edwards and Katrin Bohn,
for the editorial group
Information about the RAI/RGS conference can be found here.

Information on our panel Mapping the Edible City is here (in 2 parts, MA01a and MA01b).

For more information on the design/curation of the panel see its Theory page on this website.

To keep up to date with the project's development see our blog Productive Urban Landscapes.