Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Founding Food Studies: Emerging Work on Food Practices and Cultures at UC Davis

Founding Food Studies: Emerging Work on Food Practices and Cultures at UC Davis

This one-day conference, planned for May 3, 2006, is for graduate students at UC Davis currently working towards dissertations in what could loosely be termed "food studies." We invite participants from a variety of fields including, but not limited to, cultural studies, sociology, education, nutrition, history, comparative literatures & English, anthropology, geography, community and regional development, and food science and technology. We are interested particularly in projects that examine how food (as material and/or metaphor, as chosen, denied, and/or imposed) impacts values, bodies, communities, histories, and definitions of the "normal" or "natural."

Founding Food Studies will feature formal papers and informal roundtable discussions. All will be directed towards the primary goal of bringing together the disparate projects currently underway on campus and brainstorming whether an interdisciplinary concentration in food studies should emerge and what it might look like.

All proposals, either for formal papers or roundtable discussions, should be in the form of 500 word abstracts. We welcome individual paper proposals or "session" proposals clustered around common themes.

Please send abstracts and brief CVs for all proposed participants to either Kimberly Nettles, Women and Gender Studies, kdnettles@ucdavis.edu or Carolyn de la Peña, American Studies, ctdelapena@ucdavis.edu no later than February 15, 2006. We will announce conference participants by early March.

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