Breaking with troubled pasts: The role of de-learning in transitioning towards more sustainable agri-food systems

Hagolani-Albov, S. (!!Speaker)

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation


Mark Wilson (University of East Anglia, UK)
Sophia Hagolani-Albov (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Renée Van Dis (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France)
Talis Tisenkopf (Baltic Studies Centre, Latvia)
Thomas Vetter (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Carla Wember (University of Kassel / University of Applied Sciences Fulda, Germany)
This paper explores the meanings, processes and implications of de-learning, which remains an undertheorized concept and overlooked phenomenon within agri-food studies. In addition to the acquisition or adoption of new knowledge, skills, technologies, and behaviours, de-learning draws attention to the parting from and potential breaking with past patterns and perceptions. De-learning therefore offers an important dialectic which appears to be equally important for understanding ruptures with dominant regimes, as well as the adoption of innovations, practices and values which may lead to more sustainable agri-food systems. Empirically the paper engages with different examples of de-learning (and de-learners) to highlight the relevance of this phenomenon from farm to fork. Our cases range from conventional and agroecological approaches to farming through to civic food networks, food procurement innovations, and collaborative governance. De-learning affords active engagement in alternative social and technical networks, which enables individuals, social groups and organisations to de-learn what they no longer (fully) believe in. We contend that more attention to de-learning and its different forms, contexts and scales may help us to address the emotional, cognitive and practical challenges that are inherent in accommodating the new with the old as agricultural learning is re-framed towards more sustainable food futures.
Period28 aug 2019
HändelsetitelRoyal Geographical Society RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019
Typ av evenemangKonferens
PlatsLondon , Storbritannien