***Conference announcement: GAPSYM7: Africa and Food: challenges, risks and opportunities***
Gent, 6 December 2013
Please find attached the call for papers of the 7th annual symposium of the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association, entitled "Africa and Food: challenges, risks and opportunities".
Food and Africa often seem to be closely linked, though only on a very superficial level: Africa is either associated with a lack of food and famine, or with gastronomy and the cultivation of exotic fruits. By organizing an international conference on Africa and Food, the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association will look beyond such superficial connotations. Its aim is to contribute to the scholarly debate in which food is not only seen in terms of problematic situations in Africa, but also and primarily in terms of new challenges and opportunities that have emerged in the area.
At this conference we propose twelve different panels, that will address the theme of food in Africa from a wide variety of different research domains. Food will be seen as one of Africa’s richest resources, be it on a cultural, linguistic, historical or biological level. Food will be conceptualized as an element of psychosocial well-being, of political stability and of basic human rights. Finally, food will be understood as the key component of Africa’s urban and rural development, and of the way in which Africa is finding its place in a globalized world.
Paper proposals (abstract of maximum 300 words) can be submitted until the 1st of June 2013.
More details can be found at http://www.gap.ugent.be/GAPSYM7_en
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