“Food Futures: Ancestral and Contemporary Methods for Transforming Food Systems”

The Food Institute Graduate Council (FIGC) at Berkeley presents the 3rd Annual Food Systems Conference—“Food Futures: Ancestral and Contemporary Methods for Transforming Food Systems.

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8

Conference on Zoom (Friday) and in-person at UC Berkeley (Saturday).

Call for proposals extended until February 6th!

Registration for virtual/in-person attendance coming soon!

The Food Institute Graduate Council (FIGC) at Berkeley is excited to invite graduate student scholars, community members, and artists to submit proposal abstracts of speeches, scholarly papers, or in-progress film/mixed media works to discuss at our third annual Food Systems Conference, titled “Food Futures: Ancestral and Contemporary Methods for Transforming Food Systems.”

The term “Food Futures” emphasizes the relational and material possibilities of food in a climate changing
world. Thus, the Food Futures conference will focus on alternative methods to understand food. Discussions
will look beyond Industrial agricultural practices, which may inspire change in Food Systems across all
Global Directions. A few topics that align with the theme of Food Futures include Indigenous and Black
futurities, agroecology, and value-based commodity chains. Additionally, the Food Futures conference seeks
to bridge communities of scholars, community members, artists, and policy makers through varying critiques
and discussions of food system practices and methods that interrupt existing systems of oppression including
colonization, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism, to conjure alternative food systems.

Questions for discussion at the Food Futures conference may include: 

  • How could food be produced in the future in ways that transcend technocratic solutions?
  • How have Indigenous and other historically marginalized peoples used food and land in ways that represent a model for the future of food systems?
  • How might the food system be governed in the future?
  • How might we relate to each other and the Land in the future?
  • How can ancestral methods inform and shape the future of food systems?

Suitable topics for the Food Futures conference may include research on:

  • Bioregional Governance
  • Culturally Responsive Land Stewardship 
  • Just and Fair Labor 
  • Agroecological Transitions 
  • Land Tenure and the Role of Land Trusts 
  • Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Futurities
  • Ecofeminism, Queer Ecologies, and Rematriation

Registration for the Food Futures conference is free to all participants and attendees. 

This conference is organized by the Food Institute Graduate Council (FIGC) at Berkeley, and sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI), the Graduate Assembly (GA), the Native American Studies center, the Multicultural Community Center (MCC), and the Big C Fund. Inquiries to FIGC can be made via: figc.berkeley@gmail.com

Follow us on Instagram!

Apply by February 6, 2023: https://forms.gle/ftzVrdFY3KPSv3K76 


C.A.R.T Captioning will be provided. If you require any other accommodation (e.g. Spanish to English translation services, ASL interpretation, etc.) for effective communication in order to fully participate in this virtual event, please contact FIGC (figc.berkeley@gmail.com) at least 7–10 days in advance.


An Indigenous woman from the Tupi Guarani tribe with long black hair and a blue feather crown and a Black woman adorned with red amaranth and corn braids and jewelry face each other. Behind them is a tall maize stalk overlapping planet Earth. The background is outer space; purple nebulas and stars twinkle in the distance.