This panel explores how food could bring together research across diverse themes, approaches and disciplines. We invite STS researchers working on any aspect of food and agriculture to come together to explore how we might create new alignments, intersections and networks in STS approaches to food.
Food is at the heart of all kinds of meetings. This panels aims to foster fruitful interactions among STS researchers working on different aspects of food and agriculture, using diverse disciplines, conceptual approaches and methods, to explore how their works intersects and how it could make a more visible contribution to social science research on food and agriculture, and to food policy agendas. This includes research on any aspect of the food system, from production to consumption. We are purposefully not defining what 'an STS approach' to food might entail, as this panel aims to tease this out. We also hope the panel may be the first step towards creating some kind of new collaborative network of STS food studies. Questions that could be addressed include: • How does food function as an act or process of joining or coming together of people, things, knowledges and values? • How do interests take shape and evolve through innovation networks, technology adoption, infrastructures and standardisations in food and agriculture? • How are new alliances and forms of inclusive and creative collaboration made around food? • How is food and food policy a space for dissent, battle and exclusions? • How do social practices evolve, intersect and re-form over time? We are particularly interested in research that aims to influence food policy so that it becomes more inclusive, involves creative forms of collaborations, and acknowledges the importance of intersections between health, environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of food and food policy.