Saturday, 2 March 2013

Anthropology, Agriculture, Communities, Engagement and Food

I was quite taken with the concepts in this post which I discovered at Food Anthropology.  Anyone in Oz thinking and acting in the way described here?



The Anthronaut Farmer

Session Organizer: Ted Maclin
An increasing number of anthropologists are turning to agriculture as a means of subsistence, a way of living in their communities, and a form of embodied research. Beyond a practice of study, this is a lived anthropology outside of academia: not a research venture bounded by funding cycles, but a journey of engagement with the world. Through their hands-on work, these ”anthronaut” farmers are transforming themselves, their communities and landscapes, and their academic work.
In a recent New York Times article, political scientist James Scott said that his own farming venture has made him a better researcher; but the institutions of farming and the academy conflict and coincide in complex ways. In this interactive session, we will explore how anthropologist-farmers navigate these complexities. We welcome discussions from all theoretical and agricultural perspectives, from apiculture to Actor-Network Theory, from eco-agriculture to ethnobiology, from permaculture to political ecology.
If interested, please submit an abstract (~200 words) to Ted Maclin ( by March 1.
For the James Scott article mentioned above, please go to

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