Thursday, December 20, 2012


CFP: The ASA Food Culture Studies Caucus

The ASA Food Culture Studies Caucus is actively seeking both individual papers and panel proposals for the upcoming 2013 American Studies Association Conference in Washington D.C.

The Food Culture Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association serves as a network for scholars working on projects that engage the production, consumption, and representation of food across the many disciplines cohere in American Studies. This caucus views the study of food and eating culture as offering the possibility of a radically cross-disciplinary and transnational re-engagement of key topics in studies of the Americas. While
intersecting with other Food Studies communities, this caucus differs in that it offers a space for those that see food and eating culture as central to the themes that are at the forefront of American Studies, including race, class, gender and identity, immigration, community and diaspora, social and labor history, empire, globalization and state formation. While members of this caucus work in the diverse fields of literature, geography, history, cultural studies, urban studies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, identity studies, gender studies, visual culture, affect theory, bodily theory, and agriculture studies, among numerous others, this Caucus actively encourages collaboration across subfields and historical periods in order to develop new directions for
teaching and researching food in all of its contexts.

As such, we are seeking paper and panel proposals that explore the culture of food and eating in its many contexts, including but certainly not
limited to:
-The Pedagogy of Food and Eating
-New Methodologies, The “Archive” and Food
-Empire, Immigration, Diaspora and Foodways
-The Globalization of Food Cultures
-Food, Sexuality and Gender
-Eating, Digestion and Food through Affective, Sensory and Bodily Theory
-Food and the Study of Race
-Food and Urban Space
-Restaurants and Food in Public Space
-Social Class, The Economic Crisis, Debt and Food
-Food, Representations and Visual Culture
-Food and Material Culture Studies
-Reading Food, Food in Literature and Literary Theory
-Critical Reading of Cookbooks
-Agricultural Policy and The Study of Food
-Food-Related Activism including food and social justice, urban
agriculture, alternative food movements, etc.
-Religious Studies

We are especially encouraging proposals who take a local focus and work on food culture, food related activism or food policy in the greater Washington D.C. area.

Individual Abstracts must be no more than 500 words.

Panel proposals must include 3-4 presenters, with abstracts (500 word maximum) accompanying each as well as an abstract for the panel as a whole (400 word maximum).

Both Paper and Panel Abstracts are due by January 4, 2012

Please submit all abstracts and direct all questions to

John M Burdick
Transnational Studies
State University of New York at Buffalo

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