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Call for papers: Special issue for Locale

Call for Papers

Special issue for Locale: The Australasian-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies

Food Pedagogies and the Senses

Guest Editors:
Rick Flowers, University of Technology Sydney and
Elaine Swan, University of Sussex

In this call, we seek papers that offer analyses of the sensory politics of food pedagogies. Papers should have a local, national or regional focus on the Pacific Rim across Asia, Oceania, North and South America, which can include intersections with global and diasporic perspectives. By food pedagogies, we refer to attempts by a range of agencies, actors, institutions and media to ‘teach’ about growing, shopping, cooking, eating, and wasting food (Flowers and Swan 2015; Leahy and Pike 2015; Etmanski 2015; Sumner 2013). By teach, we mean various processes of formal, informal and incidental education and learning, inside and beyond the classroom. Examples of formal food pedagogies include cooking courses, health education, nutrition workshops, culinary tours, and permaculture courses; informal food pedagogies encompass museum food exhibitions, TV cooking shows, community gardening projects, food activist campaigns, food industry marketing public health programmes; and incidental food pedagogies cover learning from eating and drinking, at work, at home, in restaurants, and large-scale food events. Thus, food pedagogues can include museum curators, health workers, food tour guides, nutritionists, teachers, food activists, food producers and retailers, celebrity chefs and celebrity farmers. Our definition draws from Australian and American scholars who use pedagogy as an analytic to study cultural and social processes and relations which attempt to modify how we act, feel and think (Luke 1996; Sandlin, O’Malley and Burdick 2011; Watkins, Noble and Driscoll 2015). In essence, ‘culture can and does operate in pedagogical ways’ (Hickey-Moody, Savage and Windle 2010, p. 227). This means examining the pedagogical dimensions of processes such as socialisation, reproduction, interpellation, embodiment and analysing how forms of food subjectivity and food conduct are capacitated, regulated and shaped in gendered, racialised, heternormative and classed ways across public, private and domestic spheres (Watkins et al., 2015; Luke 1996).

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PPI Conference 2017

The Public Pedagogies Institute annual conference
Turning Learning Upside Down: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom took place on November 23 – 24 , 2017.

Crossing the boundaries of disciplines and institutions, this unique program brought together participants from diverse sectors and fields, unlikely to be found at any other event.

The Keynote Speakers for our 2017 conference were Margaret Wertheim, of the Crochet Coral Reef project, and Liss Gabb of cohealth Arts Generator, which were both engaging and richly rewarding presentations that we felt very privileged to experience.

In addition to our Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Break Out Discussion Groups each morning, the two day program included a fantastic range of presentations, workshops, publication launches and other events each afternoon.

Both the presentations and workshops provided the opportunity to discover and engage with the wide range of research and practice taking place in the community in the area of public pedagogies.

If you are interested in participating in our 2018 conference please contact us via our contact page.

For those who missed the conference the  Abstracts are also available to view online.

Conference photo gallery (click on image to enlarge):



Conference Abstracts

The full Conference Program with Abstracts for Turning Learning Upside Down: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom 2017 is available to view online.  The program overview with schedule is also available to view here.

In addition to our Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Discussion Groups each morning, the two day program includes a fantastic range of presentations, workshops, and events each afternoon.

Over the lunch break, which is fully catered in our on campus venue, we will also have related publication launches each day.

Crossing the boundaries of disciplines and institutions, this is a unique program of events that brings together participants from a diverse range of sectors and fields which you are unlikely to find at any other event.

Visit Conference Registration page.

Journal Launch

The Institute will be launching the new issue of the Journal of Public Pedagogies on Thursday November 23  at the conclusion of the first day of our conference.

The new issue features articles by Belinda MacGill, Yayan Rahayani, John G. Fox, Debbie Qadri, Raffaele Rufo, Karen Charman , Mary Dixon, Robin Bellingham, Matthew Thomas, Jayson Cooper and Greg Giannis.

The range of articles in the issue again captures the diverse work that is going on today in the area of public pedagogies.

One Night in Footscray

When the Public Pedagogies Institute conference is over on Friday you can head straight on out for One Night in Footscray

Discover the art spaces, galleries, venues and hidden in-between spaces within the local area. Exhibitions, live music, performance and participatory art installations collide for one night in a free program that has something for people of all ages.

One Night in Footscray highlights the work of local artists, makers, emerging practitioners and students, to create new opportunities to encounter art in public spaces and the ways in which people experience and interpret Footscray, its people and places.

This program is a Footscray University Town initiative supported by Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council.

Friday 24 November,  5PM ’til late

Check out the program at the link below:

Putting Theory to Work

Recently a delegation from Public Pedagogies Institute attended the Manchester Metropolitan University’s 5th International Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work (10th July – 14th July 2017). This biannual conference enables a unique opportunity for researchers from all over the world and disciplines to meet, learn and talk about theory as it relates to the work we do as researchers.

Throughout the event we engaged with various ways to engage and interact with theory. With a mix of keynote presentations, smaller group presentations and artistic responses to provocations that promoted the folding in of theory into creative output. These daily experiences promoted socially constructed art works that fold in and through each other; through discourse, arts methods and theoretical statements that ask ‘what happens when we think theoretical concepts in intra-action with materials and art-based propositions?’

A range of theoretical discussions where engaged with through the variety of forums that were pedagogically rich democratic and polyphonic. Many voices from across the globe that came together to teach and learn  found in the heart of Manchester, UK.

Mary Dixon, Karen Charman, Matthew Thomas and Jayson Cooper attended on behalf of the Public Pedagogies Institute where they shared a presentation that wove their voices and experiences together to create a tapestry of pedagogical discussions from being involved in the Public Pedagogies Institute’s 2016 Footscray Pop Up School. They each gave a 20 minute presentation that together sang the polyphonic nature of the Pop Up school. Speaking a new educational experience (a growing theoretical understanding of education consciousness) each of the presentations expressed the theoretical as it was put into practice through this one day event.

Exploring the plural pedagogical aims of local communities and the enrichments that come from such dialogue, the PPI presentation promoted wide discussion on public pedagogy, Australian identity and community expression.


Werribee Pop Up School

Recently the Public Pedagogies Institute held a Pop Up School in Station Place Werribee on September 1, 2017. This event showcased the breadth of knowledge in the Werribee Community. The Institute was invited to curate this event as the key activity to launch the annual Wyndham Learning Festival.

Like its predecessor the Footscray Pop Up School, the Werribee project has also consisted of interviews with members of the Werribee community around the theme of significant knowledge in Werribee.  These interviews will continue into the new year and will be published as ‘Toward a Werribee Curriculum.’

Discussion is now under way for a similar project in Point Cook in 2018.  If you are interested in a Pop Up School in your suburb or town please contact the Public Pedagogies Institute.

One Night In Footscray

Our friends at MetroWest have an upcoming event that may be of interest and they are offering grants for artists to participate:

Apply now for an artist’s grant to exhibit or perform at ‘One Night in Footscray’ in 2017!

One Night in Footscray‘ is a new and exciting platform to discover the art spaces, galleries and venues within central Footscray. It is designed as a self-guided twilight journey through central Footscray. Audiences and participants will be able to view and engage in a variety of high-quality art experiences, across different mediums and unexpected locations – all on one night.

The event aims to:

  • encourage journeys through central Footscray and its creative spaces
  • highlight the work of local arts and makers
  • support emerging practitioners and students, creating a platform to showcase their work
  • promote and encourage audiences and artists to see, experience and interpret Footscray, its people and places.

Find out more

Werribee Pop Up School

Our next Pop Up School is coming up this year at Station Place, Werribee on Friday September 1, 2017, from 1pm – 6pm.

An ongoing project of the Public Pedagogies Institute, the Pop Up School initiative is designed to create community events that explore learning and teaching located in specific places and locations. The project is supported by research into how knowledge is perceived and valued geographically.

We look forward to a great day of activities, performances, exhibitions and celebration in Werribee!


Click to download Werribee Pop Up School Flyer

Art, Science and Figuring the World

The Public Pedagogies Institute is very excited to announce the Keynote Speaker for our 2017 conference will be Margaret Wertheim, of the Crochet Coral Reef project and the
Institute For Figuring.

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books including “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace,” a history of space from Dante to the Internet, and “Physics on the Fringe,” she has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Aeon and many others. With her twin sister Christine she founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. ( Through the IFF, she has created exhibitions for the Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), MASS MoCA (MA), and Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles). The Wertheim sisters’ Crochet Coral Reef project is the largest participatory art & science endeavor in the world, and has been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Deutsches Museum (Munich), the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.), and elsewhere. Margaret’s reef TED talk has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 22 languages. In 2016, she was granted the AxS Award from the Pasadena Arts Council, for contributions to art and science, and the American Association of Physics Teachers award for public science communication – the first woman to given this honor in 10 years. She has been a Discovery Fellow at the University of Southern California (2012) and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2015), and is currently a Phd. candidate at Deakin University.

Margaret’s presentation will be based on the following:

Art, Science and Figuring the World

Welsh writer Merrily Harpur has written that: “the duty of artists everywhere is to enchant the conceptual landscape.” It may not be the duty of scientists to produce conceptual enchantment, but in this talk Margaret Wertheim will propose that this is one of the goals scientists and mathematicians achieve. In 2003, Wertheim founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based enterprise with her artist-twin-sister Christine that’s dedicated to “the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics.” The IFF can be conceived of as a “play tank” – a new kind of practice for exploring creative public engagement with topics ranging from geometry and topology, to physics, computation, and biological form. Here, Wertheim will discuss how imaginative speculative play practices can provide insight into the realms of math and science for citizens of all ages. From a worldwide project to model coral reefs using the art of crochet, to building giant fractals from tens of thousands of brightly colored business cards, Wertheim’s work offers experiences for playing with ideas.

Find out more:
Crochet Coral Reef
The Institute for Figuring

Public Pedagogies Institute Conference
Turning Learning Upside Down
Footscray, Melbourne
November 23 – 24 , 2017