Pre-conference workshop for emerging Agrifood scholars

28-30 November 2017 — Jatinangor, Indonesia

The Call for Applications has been closed 


We would like to invite postgraduate students working in the field of agrifood studies to join us for a three-day workshop in Jatinagor, Indonesia from November 28-30, 2017. The workshop will take place just before the Agrifood Research Network’s 24th Annual Conference in Bandung, Indonesia from December 2-5. This is the first time the conference has been held outside of Australia and New Zealand, so are we are looking forward to creating an opportunity for a diverse group of emerging scholars and experienced mentors to meet, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn about local agrifood realities in the Jatinangor and Bandung areas.


The overall goals of the workshop are to:

  • provide a space for postgraduate students to interact and engage in meaningful discussion and dialogue with peers and mentors;
  • expose students to innovative research methods in the context of agrifood research;
  • provide a space to discuss research ethics;
  • provide an opportunity for participants to visit agrifood sites and learn about local agrifood realities in Jatinangor.


The workshop will be held from 28-30 November 2017 (Tuesday-Thursday). If you choose to participate, you will be required to be present for the full duration of the workshop. All participants must be ready for pick-up at either Husein Sastranegara International Airport (Bandung) or the ITB main campus by 10am on Tuesday, November 28th. On Thursday, November 30th participants will travel together to the Agrifood Conference venue in Bandung. All participants will need to find their own accommodation on Thursday, November 30th.



This 3-day workshop will be held at ITB’s second campus in Jatinangor. It is located east of Bandung, around a 45-minute bus ride from the airport. The campus is a 47-hectare area surrounded by forests, artificial lakes and farms. Participants will stay in a four-building student dormitory. Dormitories have ensuite bathrooms and accommodate two people. We will pair roommates based on gender and country of origin (with the goal of mixing local and international participants). The campus has a cafeteria, jogging tracks, café, wi-fi access, and a minimart. There are also shopping malls and reasonably priced cafés near the campus. Participants will have a chance to experience local Sundanese culture and cuisine. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian, gluten-free, non-peanut based, etc.).



This workshop will bring together a mixture of up to 25 international and local postgraduate students with an interest in agrifood studies. The workshop co-ordinators, Dr. Katharine Legun (Canada), Mentari Alwasilah (Indonesia), Lutfi Dwimulya (Indonesia) and Karly Burch (USA), will facilitate the workshop. We anticipate the participation of 3-4 additional mentors working in the field of agrifood studies.



International participants will be required to pay $75 AUD per person to attend the workshop. Local participants will be required to pay 400,000 IDR. This fee covers in-country travel from Husein Sastranegara International Airport or the ITB main campus to the workshop, accommodation and meals during the workshop itself, field visits to local agrifood sites, and travel to the Agrifood Conference in Bandung. Participants will need to find their own accommodation for the evening of Thursday, November 30th in Bandung.


Workshop themes:

The pre-conference workshop shares the theme of the main conference: “Food, youth and the future of farming: Towards a global north-south dialogue.” The workshop plans to incorporate field visits to local agrifood sites with discussions on ethics, methods and tools for innovative agrifood research, as well as reflections on the role of the researcher in agrifood studies.


Workshop mentors:

We have invited mentors to guide activities related to the workshop themes. The following is a list of mentors who have confirmed their participation.


Dr. Jérémie Forney (Université de Neuchâtel)

Dr. Ramalis Sobandi (Tunas Nusa Foundation)

Dr. Katharine Legun (University of Otago)

Dr. Angga Dwiartama (Institut Teknologi Bandung)


Background on the style of the workshop:

Workshop environment: As a general rule we want to create a respectful and safe environment for participants and mentors to talk about issues related to agrifood studies.

Teaching and learning goals: We welcome participants from different learning and teaching backgrounds. Our main goal is that we all learn from each other. At times mentors may be teaching participants, at other times participants may be leading discussions and guiding the group.

Teaching styles: We have invited mentors who are comfortable sharing knowledge through creative and interactive formats. We place an emphasis on active learning and sharing rather than stand-and-deliver lecturing.

Role of mentors: Mentors will be available to engage with participants both during and outside of workshop activities. In this sense, we hope to have a mix of both structured and unstructured time to share and learn from each other.


How to participate:

To participate in the workshop, please download, fill in, and send the application form to Karly Burch (

As space is limited to 25 participants we encourage all interested postgraduate students to contact us as soon as possible.

Application results will be available by the end of August, 2017. If you need confirmation before this date, please let us know. Once successful applicants have been notified we will ask for payment within a week to secure a place in the workshop. We will also ask accepted participants to submit a short 100-word bio which will be circulated among participants.