The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.
We stage symposia on food culture, produce documentary films, publish compendiums of great writing, and—perhaps most importantly—preserve, promote, and chronicle our region’s culinary standard bearers. We’re talking white tablecloth chefs and fried chicken cooks, barbecue pitmasters and peanut farmers.
The SFA is a member-supported organization of more than 800 people. Chefs and academics, writers and eaters: all are active participants. Though we are a lean and efficient organization, our work has great impact. In the Atlantic Monthly, Corby Kummer dubbed the SFA “this country’s most intellectually engaged food society.”
And for those interested in an oral history internship with them, deadline feb. 15 click here
As the term cultural sustainability becomes more and more part of the general discourse, it turns up in unexpected places. This post shares information about designer Katherine McCoy’s ideas on cultural sustainability in design:
Design can honor cultural diversity, rather than spread a homogenous cultural veneer over the world, whether it be the current “high design” expression or pervasive Western consumer culture.
The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) is accepting proposal submissions for its next symposium
Open Dialogue XII: Building the 21st Century Agenda for Cultural Democracy.
TAAC Open Dialogue XII
Thursday, August 12 thru Saturday, August 14, 2010
Hosted by the Illinois Arts Council
What is Open Dialogue XII? A symposium of local and national leaders discussing policies and programs which individuals, organizations, foundations, and policy makers are encouraged to strategize and organize around in order to further advance cultural democracy and cultural equity platforms AND programs in today’s new era of change. Recognizing some quantitative progress in equity and diversity issues over the last three to four decades, it is most urgent at this historic time of change to evaluate and set forth action-agendas around TAAC’s foundational pillars for real, substantive, long-term change:
- Equal participation in policymaking,
- Equitable funding for all cultural institutions, and
- Equity in multicultural leadership.
200-300 people are expected to attend Open Dialogue. Arts administrators, individual and teaching artists, arts educators, board members and cultural policy advocates and more are welcome. Participants come from communities across the country and abroad, from varied arts backgrounds and levels of experience.
Open Dialogue XII will begin on Thursday, August 12, 2010 with a networking event Thursday evening; Friday, August 13, 2010 will continue with presentations, sessions; and Saturday, August 14, 2010 will conclude with a keynote speaker and lunch.
Submitting a proposal
We are open to broad interpretations of the symposium theme and want to include facilitated interactive discussions, expert-led presentations and direct learning opportunities. We are seeking proposals with sharing, inclusiveness and opportunity at their core. We also appreciate innovation and the willingness to consider the refinement or abandonment of traditional models. Above all, we seek proposals that illuminate the environments in which we all work and that set forth practical organizational and institutional strategies and plans to achieve in the short-term TAAC’s foundational pillars.
What we’re not looking for is talking head panels, mind-numbing lectures and sessions wherein presenters attempt to sell products or programs, or simply rehearse equity philosophies and general directions to achieve the foundational pillars.
TAAC is pleased to accept proposals from individuals, collectives, or organizations. The symposium registration fee will be waived for all speakers. Small honoraria may be available for those traveling from out of the greater Chicago area.
5-page application form, session proposal document and resumes or curriculum vitae must be mailed to TAAC Open Dialogue XII CALL FOR SESSIONS, c/o Illinois Arts Council, 100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-500, Chicago, IL 60601 orEMAIL proposals to TAACultures@gmail.com.
Deadline for submission: Friday, February 5, 2010 (postmark and email deadline). Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Jennifer A. Armstrong
TAAC Board Member / ODXII Co-Chair
Director, Community Arts Development Programs
Illinois Arts Council
100 W. Randolph St, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601
Maja Subasic, Ross Peterson-Veatch, and Lara Justis consider our co-creations and interpretations of cultural sustainability at the first program residency.
This is a powerful multimedia essay on an endangered garden in Chicago. This quote really resonated with me:
A friend with much experience working to advance “sustainability” within corporate and academic institutions once told me, endearingly, that she doesn’t know what the word means. That strikes me as a good place to start. The question then becomes: what sort of process will, over time, give concrete meaning to the term, while guarding against intellectual corruption?
Perhaps we would do better to think of “sustainability” as a verb grounded in practical activity rather than a noun skewed toward abstraction. If we did, we would find ourselves thinking less like social engineers and more like gardeners who learn things by practicing close attention to place, humility before mysteries they don’t fully comprehend, and hope for renewed inquiry in the spring.
A very interesting conversation about reframing policy around culture with the term “Expressive Life.”
Looks like an ally…
The World Oral Literature Project has been established to support local communities and committed fieldworkers engaged in the collection and preservation of oral literature by providing funding for original research, alongside training in fieldwork and digital archiving methods
Looks like a pretty interesting and exciting convening:
To be held Thursday, October 7th to Saturday, October 9th, 2010, this conference will serve dual—but intertwined—purposes, one of which is to address the issue of sustainability in all of its complexity: the definition, ambiguity, and even problematic nature of the term; its widespread application to crises in ecology and culture; and especially its implications for and within humanities disciplines. In an era increasingly dominated by technology-, economics-, and business-related areas of study, the humanities’ role in fostering environmental and cultural sustainability can only be appreciated if humanities disciplines are valued and pursued with the same enthusiasm that administrators, students, and the public show toward these more “practical” fields.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Departments of Language & Literature and Communication & Philosophy are currently accepting individual abstracts and panel proposals for FGCU’s 2nd International Humanities and Sustainability Conference, to be held in Fort Myers, Florida, October 7-9, 2010. Our goal is to encourage interdisciplinary conversations about the role of the humanities in fostering sustainability, however defined, and about the sustainability of the humanities as we move into the second decade of the 21stCentury.
Please submit 300-500 word paper and panel proposals, with A/V requests, by email to HandSCon@fgcu.edu. The deadline for proposals is June 4, 2010 at midnight EST. Include all text of the proposal in the body of the email (attachments will not be opened), and be sure to include full contact information for all panel members. See http://www.fgcu.edu/cas/HandScon/ for more information.
I discovered this on a cool website: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts Online Resource Center