About this Research Topic
This Research Topic seeks to contribute to, expand, and deepen examinations of food systems through environmental and health communication by attending to historical and contemporary food system crises and the undercurrents revealed within them. Food systems communication centralizes the pragmatic and constitutive role communication plays in arranging, negotiating, and challenging meaning-making related to food systems, including their relations, processes, and outcomes. We seek contributions that foreground how inequality and exploitation permeate food systems and how communication can contribute to the cultivation of more just alternatives. A justice-based perspective takes up the roles of resistance and collective organizing in building both symbolic and material registers for the (re)organization of food systems at various scales.
We welcome analyses of power and resistance at the nexus of food and the environment, including those that address contemporary and historical crises, as well as tactics of food system organizing, policy, and transformation. Contributions at this nexus might address intersectional food system issues including health equity and the pandemic, environmental and climate justice, economic and labor issues, food and land access, and farming and agricultural practices. As inroads for potential foci, we offer the following broad-based questions:
• How are ecological, social, political, and economic crises related to communication within and about food systems?
• How does communication shape public understandings about food system impacts within these crises?
• How are dominant and marginalized food system participants engaging, navigating, and/or resisting these conditions?
• How are organizing, care, and reimagination communicatively facilitated to cultivate more just food system futures?
We aim to catalyze transdisciplinary dialogue, and therefore welcome contributions from researchers in and outside of the field of communication. We also encourage submissions from community-based practitioners and frontline food system advocates. To support a broad range of contributors and types of contributions, we accept the following article types: original research papers, perspective papers, community case studies, policy briefs, and brief research reports.
For inquiries about potential submission topics or types, please direct questions to Kathleen Hunt (email@example.com), Constance Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Mohan J. Dutta (email@example.com).
Keywords: food systems, public health, food justice, community organizing, climate crisis, power and culture
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