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CfP EASST/4S 2020 - Emerging Worlds of Eating: Interrogating the digitalisation, datafication and platformisation of food

Dear Eurograd users,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following panel on emerging
worlds of eating at this year's EASST/4S Conference (18-21 August 2020,

Open Panel 54: Emerging Worlds of Eating: Interrogating the digitalisation,
datafication and platformisation of food

Deadline for abstract submissions: 29 February 2020

Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 April 2020

Convenors: Tanja Schneider (University of St Gallen); Jeremy Brice (London
School of Economics and Political Science); Karin Eli (University of Warwick)

Abstract: Food is increasingly caught up in processes of digitalisation,
datafication and platformisation which are rapidly (if unevenly) reshaping
exchange and interaction among those who produce, prepare, consume,
(re)distribute and review it. These processes appeal to numerous values and
logics: Food delivery services emphasize speed and convenience; surplus food
redistribution apps promote sustainability by redirecting and revaluing the
excess of conventional food commerce; and social dining platforms encourage
unconventional socialities and economies around shared acts of cooking and
eating. Meanwhile, platforms and devices promise consumer empowerment through
knowledge: supply chain transparency platforms promise to demystify the
provenance of food through aggregating data sourced from across the globe,
while dietary tracking devices afford novel forms of digitised
(self-)knowledge and modes of dietary intervention.

Elaborate socio-technical assemblages of people, capital, software and devices
are thus engaged in reinventing foodstuffs and eating practices, along with
the knowledges, affects and values which accompany them. In this session we
aim to interrogate the diverse and intersecting logics which underpin, guide
and govern the digitalisation, datafication and platformisation of food. In
particular, we invite researchers working in critical innovation studies, food
studies, studies of financialisation and capitalisation, and digital
ethnography to join us in tracing the varied worlds of eating emerging around
these socio-technical assemblages. In so doing, we hope to explore how the
conventions, constraints and accumulation strategies of digital platforms, of
data-driven innovation and of those invested in them both enact food futures
and participate in ordering present day food cultures, materialities and
practices. We welcome theoretical and/or empirical papers exploring themes
including, but not limited to:

Practices of digital food innovation
Practices of digital eating, as enabled and maintained through mobile,
sensor-based and digital technologies (e.g. dietary tracking)
Digitally mediated cultures of food provisioning, preparation and
consumption (including emerging communities, identities and subcultures)
Interfaces between financialisation, datafication and platformisation
(e.g. the role of investors in extending digital disruption to food)
Conventions of and contests over the value, quality and 'goodness' of
food within digital marketplaces (e.g. the role of reviews, ratings and
Non-/more-than capitalist logics of digitalisation and valuation
Studies of food apps (e.g. platforms for food sharing, ethical food
consumption, food delivery, food activism)
Emerging forms of food-related digital labour (from food delivery
logistics to app design and social media marketing)
Inclusion, exclusion, enclosure and (in)equality within digital food
Surveillance, transparency and knowledge (or ignorance) production
within digital food economies and cultures

Abstract submission: Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words through the
4S/EASSTs website, using your personal login credentials. After you log in,
click 'Submit A New Proposal', and then 'Papers For Open Panels'. Scroll down
through the list of open panels where you will find 'Panel 54: Emerging Worlds
of Eating: Interrogating the digitalisation, datafication and platformisation
of food'. If you have any questions, or would like additional information
about the panel, please contact us at,, or
Best wishes,

Jeremy, Tanja and Karin

Dr Jeremy Brice
LSE Fellow in Economy, Risk & Society
Department of Sociology
London School of Economics and Political Science
London, WC2A 2AE

Phone: 020 7955 6793
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