Wednesday, January 04, 2006


CFP: Food and History: Health, Culture, Tourism and Identity

Call for Papers

Food and History: Health, Culture, Tourism and Identity
University of Central Lancashire, Preston
29 June - 1 July 2006

Please note, you still have time to submit an abstract for the Food and History, Culture, Tourism and Identity Conference to be held on 29 June - 1 July 2006 at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston

The deadline is
Tuesday 10th January 2006.

'Food and eating practices are at the centre of the new concern in western societies about the body, self-control, health, risk, consumption and identity' (Deborah Lupton). This international, interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Faculty of Health and Department of Humanities at the University of Central Lancashire, seeks to explore these issues in original ways and in historical perspective through plenary and parallel sessions. It brings together methodologies drawn from the humanities and the medical sciences to interpret and challenge current myths about the history, production and consumption of food and to explore the roles of taste,
texture, and technology in constituting identities and marketing experiences in this sphere. Within this framework a strand dealing with the relationships between tourism, food and history will run through the conference, under the auspices of the International Commission for the
History of Travel and Tourism.

We invite papers which address physiological, psychological and political aspects of food, health, history, tourism and identity, as well as examining issues relating to food production, regulation and marketing, and analysing representations of and responses to food, health, history and tourism in cultural practices and media outlets, whether these focus on literature, film, television or the arts. Participants are encouraged to interpret these proposals generously and to adopt interdisciplinary approaches, as befits the traditions of this University of Central Lancashire conference series.

The language of the conference will be English.

Plenary speakers
Dr Peter Atkins, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK
Professor Bertram Gordon, Department of History, Mills College, California,
Professor Stephen Mennell, School of Sociology, University College, Dublin, Ireland

Abstract guidelines
Abstracts of 2-300 words should be sent as e-mail attachments in the first instance to the conference administrator, Liz Kelly: The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2006.

Intending participants should supply, on a separate page, author's name, work address with telephone, fax and e-mail, job title and abstract title.
Papers will be made available in advance here on the conference website and
where appropriate on the International Commission for the History of Travel
and Tourism website at

In order to facilitate this process participants are asked to send copies of their paper to the conference organiser at least two weeks in advance of the conference opening.

Who should attend?
Participation and attendance are encouraged from academics and practitioners across a spectrum of disciplines, from the health professions through food, history and tourism studies to literary, cultural and media studies. Papers are welcomed from all strata of the academic profession, including postgraduates and research assistants, and plenary speakers will be of
international standing.

Please note, all paper presenters will need to register for the conference and pay a discounted presenter's fee for the days they would like to attend.

To register your interest in the conference and receive further information once it becomes available, please contact Liz Kelly, +44 (0)1772 893809, email

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