Overview

Amid the contested history of the Fair Trade movement, the most prominent practices have emerged in the context of food production, commercialization and consumption. Many activities of the wider and informal Fair Trade movement, including tools such as international commodity agreements, were developed around attempts to regulate food markets. Despite the dissipation of state power in these systems, the civil society practices more formally self-identified and recognized as the core of the Fair Trade movement have remained strongly focused around the commercialization of food. The most prominent approach to Fair Trade governance, the certification system administered by Fairtrade International, has almost exclusively focused on commodity food products; and this focus has been mirrored by other emerging private governance approaches to supply chain operations. This phenomenon in itself testifies to inherently perverse global social relations that characterize the nexus between the majority of the world’s food producers and wider socio-economic systems. At the same time however, other longstanding sectors in which Fair Trade governance first emerged have continued to develop and grow. In particular the areas of clothing and craft have always been fundamental to the Fair Trade movement, and this has been largely guided by the activities of the World Fair Trade Organization.  There is less academic work on these practices, which creates an inherent research need, especially in the light of recent expansion of WFTO governance away from the traditional focus of crafts, and the new certification of dedicated Fair Trade Organisations. Moreover, following the success of this consumption focused movement, there is renewed interest in embedding Fair Trade discourse and principles in public policy; a move that has the potential to  reconnect Fair Trade to its state linkages.In the light of the above, the 5th FTIS will continue critical analysis of the Fair Trade movement within which it aims to be firmly embedded. Clearly, many questions and issues remain on-going, and while the theme of food mirrors that of the Expo 2015, the Symposium offers a global showcase for all critical research and analysis associated with Fair Trade, trade justice and the wider social economy.

 

ORGANIZING TEAM

Gaëlle Balineau, Agence Française pour le Development & Fairness Fr
Irene Bengo, Politecnico di Milano

Martina Dal Molin, Politecnico di Milano

Luisa Collina, Politecnico di Milano
Sergi Corbalan, FTAO
Giorgio Dal Fiume, AGICES
Bob Doherty, University of York
Christine Gent, FTIS12
Ronan Le Velly, Montpellier SupAgro & Fairness Fr
Matteo Platti, Politecnico di Milano
Mascia Sgarlata, Politecnico di Milano
Alastair Smith, Cardiff University
Matteo Zanchi, Politecnico di Milano

 

MAIN THEMES

Below are the broad themes that FTIS 2015 will take as a framework for discussion:
1. Critical Perspectives on Fair Trade Governance and Certification Approaches
2. What Changes Do Fair Trade Practices Bring About in Production and Trade?
3. What is the Relationship between Consumers and Fair Trade Practices?
4. Fair Trade Business, Networks, Organisations and Places
5. The Role of Appropriate Technology in the Fair Trade Movement and in agriculture innovation with particular focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures
6. Cross Cutting Theme: Methodological Innovations and Approaches

 

PROCEDURE FOR PAPERS:

Researchers and practitioners who want to present a paper will be requested to submit an extended abstract (5 pages) by 25 January 2015, although the organisers would appreciate earlier submissions. Participantsare also given the opportunity to submit a 1 page abstract for poster presentations. All abstracts will be evaluated through a process of double-blind peer review. Notification of acceptance or refusal will be sent within two months. Reviewers may formulate suggestions, or in somecases require specific conditions, which will need to be taken into account for the acceptance of the fullpaper. The abstract can be written in French or in Spanish, but English is encouraged as the main language of theconference and most likely to enable sharing with an international audience. The abstract should include the theme addressed, the applied theory and methodology, the results obtained and the mainbibliography. The abstract should not contain any reference to the author’s name, either in the text or in the bibliography.