Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Drug Foods, Fast Foods, and Feasts: The Social Science of Eating

The Anthropology and Sociology Section of
Association of College and Research Libraries
is sponsoring the panel

Drug Foods, Fast Foods, and Feasts: The Social Science of Eating.

at the
American Library Association
2006 Annual Meeting ♦ New Orleans, Louisiana
Sunday, June 25, 2006, 8:00 - 12:00
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Salon 15

This panel of speakers will address the topic of food from diverse historical, sociological, anthropological, and public health perspectives. Building on anthropologist Sidney Mintz's analysis of sugar as the quintessential "drug food," panelists will examine changing cultural conceptions of sugar in the US. Other topics include analysis of spatial correlations between fast food restaurants, poverty, and obesity as well as discussion of library and archival resources in New Orleans for research in culinary culture and history.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


CFP:Food and Eating: Ecofeminist Perspectives in 19th-Century Italian and European Literature

Call for Papers for Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA),

March 1-4, 2007, Baltimore, Maryland

Food and Eating: Ecofeminist Perspectives in 19th-Century Italian and European Literature

This panel invites papers that examine the role of food, eating, and hunger in 19th-century Italian and European literature and culture, in particular, from an Ecofeminist perspective. The panel asks these questions: how do food, eating, and hunger, for example, in Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, elide gender and/or species constructs and how does such an elision reflect the construction of nation? How do food paradigms, hierarchies, and consumption reinforce or challenge the androcentric and anthropocentric thinking of dominant culture during industrialization and unification? Although food, eating, and the status of animals have become the subject of vigorous, critical inquiry in contemporary

Italian and American culture (for example, Mad Cow Disease, Foodism, the Slow Food Movement, and Vegetarianism) and consumption and cannibalism have sparked provocative, academic debate in postcolonial studies, the realm of the alimentary is seldom approached in 19th-century literature as a construct of species or from an Ecofeminist viewpoint. Various critical and theoretical approaches and methodologies, including cross-cultural viewpoints, are welcome, even if applications of Ecofeminist theory are preferred.

Readings of noncanonical as well as canonical texts are also welcome.
David Del Principe, Department of Spanish and Italian, Dickson Hall 367,
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043.

Send one-page abstract via e-mail only by Sept. 15, 2006 to:

Dr. David Del Principe
Assistant Professor of Italian
Dickson Hall 367
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043-1699
973.655.7499 Voice


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