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Publié le mercredi 18 décembre 2013 par Julie Abbou


Contemporanea, revue italienne d'histoire, vient de lancer un appel à contribution en prévision d’'un numéro thématique sur les multiples enjeux de la ‘sécurité alimentaire’ à l'époque contemporaine. La revue publie des textes en italiens et en anglais. Le thème est envisagé sous ses multiples facettes et l'appel est susceptibles d'intéresser des chercheurs et chercheuses travaillant sur des situations européennes, coloniales et post-coloniales, ou transnationales.



Food security is currently the focus of an international debate, which, in tackling the questions of malnutrition and starvation, also looks at global problems such as the North-South relationship, asymmetrical access to resources, and the world food system. Historians have contributed to this debate by generally identifying the years following the Second World War as the period in which contemporary policies took shape. This developmentmay been seen by the United Nations' decision to take up the question of food security and the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), later accompanied by the World Food Programme (WFP 1961). From this perspective, the policies of the UN Agencies, intergovernmental agreements and negotiations between states have provided scholars with a key to interpreting the events of later decades within the context of the Cold War.

Some studies, however, have challenged this periodization and have broadened the range of possible approaches to the topic. Special attention has been devoted to the rise of colonial empires whose development was linked to the historical construction of the global food system. Scholars have shown how the research conducted among the colonial populations of Africa and Asia was of fundamental importance in establishing nutritional sciences at an international level, and for the emergence of the debate over the possible role these sciences play in ensuring the health and well-being of humanity. The League of Nations later recognized the importance of the food question when it devised policies of socio-economic cooperation that revolved around the linkages between agricultural production, nutrition and health care, but also as part of emergency aid programs undertaken to address the devastation of the post-war period. It was precisely on this second front that the problem of addressing basic food needs also became crucial for non-governmental organizations and took centre stage as the priority intervention area for international humanitarianism.

In view of the interpretations suggested by all these studies, the special issue of Contemporanea aims to engage in a reflection on food security in the widest sense of the term, which includes the political and economic choices made by institutions, relations between states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the connection between the availability of food and international stability. We also intend to look at the circulation of cultures and practices within the transnational space that historically defines the relationship between food, health, individual and collective well-being. In particular, Contemporanea is looking for proposals that deal with the topic of food security in relation to:

  • The global food system
  • Health, welfare and nutritional sciences
  • The transnational aspects of food cultures
  • Humanitarian programs and the administration of food aid
  • Right to food and human rights
  • Agricultural and environmental policies
  • Economic cooperation
  • Food policies and international relations
  • Transnational itineraries of experts in nutrition

Submission guidelines

The proposals (around 500 words) accompanied by a brief CV should be sent

by January 31, 2014

to the editor Silvia Salvatici ( along with a CC to the editorial secretary (

The essays selected have to be delivered in their final form by July 15, 2014; all manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process (double blind).

The issue will be published by spring 2015.

Contemporanea publishes contributions in Italian and English. For more information about the journal:
Contemporanea is indexed by: ISI Web of Science (Art & Humanities Citation Index), Scopus Bibliographic Database, Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, Articoli italiani di periodici accademici (AIDA), JournalSeek, Essper, Bibliografia storica nazionale, Catalogo italiano dei periodici (ACNP), Google Scholar

Scientific committee

The Editorial Board

Anna Baldinetti, Daniela Luigia Caglioti, Paolo Capuzzo, Fulvio De Giorgi, Ferdinando Fasce, Christiane Liermann, Alberto Masoero, Simone Neri Serneri, Elisabetta Vezzosi

Tthe Chief Editors: Emmanuel Betta, Ilaria Pavan, Silvia Salvatici, Carlotta Sorba, Francesco Traniello will jointly select the proposals submitted by January 31, 2014. The essays will later be referred through a peer-review process (double-blind); the Chief Editors identify two referees among international experts of the topic.


  • vendredi 31 janvier 2014

Fichiers attachés


  • alimentation, sécurité, expertise, histoire des savoirs


  • Silvia Salvatici
    courriel : ssalvatici [at] unite [dot] it

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • luc berlivet
    courriel : berlivet [at] vjf [dot] cnrs [dot] fr

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