Call for Papers
‘Charitable food provision as an emergency response: Sharing evidence from Canada, the USA, and the UK’
Impact Hub Birmingham
05–06 November 2018
The event is a free-of-charge, two-day event entitled ‘Charitable food provision as an emergency response: sharing evidence from Canada, the USA, and the UK’ at the Impact Hub Birmingham on 5th and 6th November 2018.
Together with contributions from 20 early career researchers (If you identify yourself as an ECR, that will do), short, focused sessions will be held alongside interactive participatory workshops.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Mariana Chilton (Drexel University) and Sherita Mouzon, Witnesses to Hunger (Philadelphia)
- Alison Cohen (Why Hunger New York) and Andy Fisher (Author of Big Hunger)
- Graham Riches (University of British Columbia)
- Jan Poppendieck (City University of New York; Author of Sweet Charity)
- Elaine Power (Queen’s University, Canada)
- Jack Monroe (Food Writer, Journalist, and Activist)
- A Menu for Change
- Independent Food Aid Network
- End Hunger UK
- Garry Lemon (Trussell Trust)
In the past five years in the UK, we have seen a steep rise in the number of people seeking emergency food aid in the form of charitable provision, signalling permanence to the existence of food banks. In Canada and the US, there is a much longer history of charitable food provision. There is an urgent need to engage with what can be learned from the transatlantic context here in the UK, and vice versa. This event will bring together 40 people from academia, charities and third sector organisations, experts by experience, activists,, and grassroots organisations. A total of 20 ECRs are invited to present their research, focusing on topics including, but not limited to:
- Measuring food insecurity
- Community-based approaches
- Lived experiences of food poverty and insecurity
- Intersectionality of access to food security
- Corporations and the food bank model
- Defining and measuring ‘institutionalisation’
- What are the key similarities / differences between the geographical contexts?
- Going forward, how can we best address the entrenchment of charitable provision?
As well as providing opportunities for collaboration in a small and focused setting, the workshop will involve a ‘mentoring scheme’ to support early career academics. To ensure there are no barriers to attendance, rail travel and one night’s accommodation will be covered.
People interested in taking part should submit a title and short abstract (maximum of 200 words) directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 06 July 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be received by 25 July 2018.
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