Re-Inventing Food Systems through Agri-Environmental Governance

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The University of Neuchâtel’s Anthropology Institute invites you to a public symposium on agri-environmental governance (AEG).

The study of AEG seeks to understand the transformations that are taking place in our food system, especially in agricultural production. Agriculture is now facing an increasingly global environmental challenge. This symposium proposes the consideration of new approaches, which would involve the inclusion of different instruments and ways of balancing food production and environmental protection. Discussions around novel theories, methods and empirical case studies will allow us to gain a better understanding of the entangled nature of our agri-food systems.

The event runs throughout the day and consists of six presentations as well as two discussions prepared by visiting professors. Given the international profile of the panel, this conference will provide an opportunity to understand agri-environmental issues in various national contexts.


L’Institut d’ethnologie de l’Université de Neuchâtel vous invite à une conférence sur le thème de la gouvernance agro-environnementale (AEG).

Derrière ce terme se manifeste la volonté de comprendre les transformations qui s’opèrent dans notre système alimentaire, en particulier dans la production agricole. L’agriculture est confrontée à présent à un défi environnemental qui prend une ampleur grandissante, tant à l’échelle mondiale que régionale. Cette conférence propose d’aborder des pistes de réflexion sur les moyens et instruments permettant de jongler entre production agricole et protection de l’environnement et plus largement de repenser le système alimentaire global.

L’événement s’étend sur toute la journée et se compose de six présentations ainsi que deux discussions préparées par des professeurs invités pour l’occasion. Au vu du profil international du panel des invités, la conférence sera l’occasion de comprendre les enjeux agro-environnementaux dans divers contextes nationaux.

Visiting professors:

Steven Wolf, Cornell University, United States

Gisela Welz, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Hugh Campbell, University of Otago, New Zealand

Michael Carolan, Colorado State University, United States

Angga Dwiartama, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Terry Marsden, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Katja Neves, Concordia University, Canada

Jérémie Forney, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


9.15: Welcome and introduction

9.30: The diversity, complexity and ambiguity of AEG – Discussant: Terry Mardsen

  • Sustainability’s Demise? Paradoxical effects of implementing the EU’s geolabel. A case study from Cyprus (Gisela Welz)
  • Governance as practices and assemblages: looking at the transformative potential of AEG (Jérémie Forney, Dana Bentia, Ismaël Tall and Thomas Vetter)

11.00 Coffee break

  • The changing landscape of agri-environmental governance in Indonesia (Angga Dwiartama)

12.45: Lunch break – Lunch provided against donation by the anti-food waste student association AED,

14.00: Confronting the novelty in governance, old problems and new challenges – Discussant: Hugh Campbell

  • Critical debates in agri-environmental policy design and implementation: Hard paths, soft paths, and artificial paths (Steven Wolf)
  • Post-Normal Conservation: Re-Ordering of Biodiversity Governance and Environmental Subjectivity (Katja Neves)

15.30 Coffee break

  • The Politics of Big Data: Corporate Agrifood Governance meets "Weak" Resistance (Michael Carolan)

17.15 Conclusion


Language of the presentations: English

About this event:

This symposium is organized within the frame of the FNS project “New directions in agri-environmental governance: re-assembling food, knowledge and autonomy” (project 157414) and is hosted by Jérémie Forney, Assistant Professor at the Anthropology Institute, University of Neuchâtel.

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