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Conference on Democratizing Food Governance
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When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Where: American University of Rome

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The Democratizing Food Governance Conference will be held at the American University of Rome in Rome, Italy, on 14 October 2016. The conference is sponsored by the American University of Rome, the University of Vermont, University College Cork, and the University of Naples Federico II. 

Call for Papers:

Some scholars believe that local food systems do not represent a serious threat to the globalization of food chains and may even be consistent with it.  Others see them as encapsulating the potential for a radical transformation of the global food system, being not just the result of a commodity-based agriculture sector but rather expressions of processes of change and new forms of politics with regard to sustainability and consumption.

The conference intends to promote a reflection on the new forms of partnership and civic engagement emerging around food as well as on the creation of public policy spaces at different scales where various types of actors may negotiate, deliberate and make decisions with the goal of enhancing the sustainable and democratic character of the food system.

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts:  10 June 2016

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