Eastern Sociological Society Mini-Conference on Food Studies: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Eastern Sociological Society Mini-Conference on Food Studies

Boston, MA

March 24, 2013

Submission Deadline: October 5, 2012

We invite submissions of abstracts for a mini-conference on food studies, to be held in Boston on March 24, 2013, during the annual meeting of Eastern Sociological Society. This mini-conference seeks to bring together researchers investigating the role food, cooking and eating practices play in culture. Papers by faculty and graduate students are welcome.

By definition, the reach of food is extensive and we will consider abstracts on a wide range of topics, but are especially interested in submissions that address the following themes:

Food as symbol: This session will focus on the use of food and eating as symbolic practices in literature, visual arts, and popular culture. Papers on food and the body, including eating disorders, obesity and standards of beauty as related to food and explorations of food as a nurturing practice are welcome.

Food as intersection: Food is often at the center of culture, marking the difference between “us” and “them” and is a logical place to discuss immigration, migration, globalization, political economy, sustainability and ethnic differences. At the same time, food also lends itself to an intersectional analysis. We are seeking submissions that explore food and food practices and that allow for an examination of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity and/or religion.

Food as education: As an aspect of culture, food is a tool of socialization whether it is teaching cultural and socioeconomic mobility through table manners or waging public health campaigns on topics ranging from portion size to obesity. Food is used in the classroom by writing about food, learning math through recipes or teaching environmentalism with a community garden. Papers that address the educational aspects of food or the effects of food scarcity or insecurity on education will receive special attention. In addition, papers that explore how food can be used as a teaching tool will also be welcomed.

Please email abstracts by October 5th to ESSFoodSession@gmail.com. Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by October 12, 2012; full drafts of accepted papers will be due by March 1, 2013.

Participants will be responsible for covering their own expenses, including ESS registration fees. Any questions concerning the conference should be directed to ESSFoodSession@gmail.com. For more information on the ESS Annual Meeting, see http://www.essnet.org/annualmeeting_call.aspx.

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