Thursday, January 12, 2006


CFP: food and eating in post-1945 America panel at AHA

Call for Papers
Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 4-7, 2007-Atlanta, Georgia

I am looking for co-panelists for the 2007 AHA Meeting in Atlanta, GA. This panel will focus on food and eating in post-1945 America.

Although it has traditionally received scant attention from scholars and especially historians, food studies has emerged in recent decades as an exciting interdisciplinary field that seeks to locate food and eating within the wider context of culture and society. Forays into the history of food and eating in postwar America, as seen in the works of Warren Belasco, Sherrie Inness, and Harvey Levenstein, have made great strides towards explaining food's role in American culture and society, but a wide range of related topics remain unexamined and await further scholarly investigation. My own work looks at the popularization of full-service, sit-down chain restaurants such as T.G.I. Friday's and Chili's from the late 1960s to the early 1980s and considers their relationship to changing family dynamics, conceptions of community and the rise of single-person households. I am particularly interested in papers that not only analyze food and eating from a historical perspective, but that also connect these themes to larger developments in American society, popular culture and mass consumption since 1945. Submitters are encouraged to consult the AHA's Call for Papers and the announcement of the meeting's theme online at .

Anyone interested in participating in this panel should notify Joshua Davis at as soon as possible, as well as submit an abstract (350-word maximum) along with a CV no later than February 1, 2006.

Joshua Davis

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