Monday, October 09, 2006


CFP: Food & Culture Area of Southwest PCA/ASA

Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (Southwest/Texas region)*
Albuquerque, NM February 14-17, 2007

Research on food and culture continues to grow and expand, offering new approaches to the question of what the study of the edible can do for our understanding of individuals, communities, and the construction of everyday life. We invite papers that approach food and eating from cultural, theoretical, ethnographic and/or historical angles, in order to expand the growing conversation about practices of eating and cooking in relation to society and culture. We encourage new methods of research as well as the development of the work of well-established food scholars.

Topics of individual papers and panel submissions could include (but are not limited to):

•Regional food and culture of the American Southwest and México
•Food studies methodologies and philosophies, including food voice
•Analyses of foodways based on race, gender and/or class
•Food and globalization (i.e. issues related to transnational migration, borderlands)
•Visual studies of food, such as aesthetics and/or visual methodologies
•Food in popular culture and current events, and/or critiques of modern food fads
•Iconography associated with the edible
•Restaurant culture
•Cultural critiques of food systems and technologies
•Analyses of contemporary theories by such authors as Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Marion Nestle, Sherrie Inness, and Eric Schlosser

For consideration, please send an abstract of your paper or panel (with individual paper titles and authors included) of no more than 750 words to the area co-chairs listed below. Please include with your abstract the following information: past/present university positions, publications or description of research, and contact info. Papers are acceptable in both English and Spanish.

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2006

Send your proposal (electronically or via hard copy) to:

Prof. Lynn Houston
English Department
CSU Chico
400 W. First St.
Chico, CA 95929-0830
Tel. (530) 898-6247

Stacy Jameson
Cultural Studies
UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Melissa Salazar
School of Education
UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616

*The Food and Culture Section of the SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference offers scholars a unique opportunity to present their work in a small setting within a much larger conference (the SW/TX is the largest of the PCA and ACA regional conferences). The Food and Culture panels do not overlap and participants are able to actively engage with others in their field by continuing to dialogue throughout the conference and at food-centered social events hosted by the F& C organizers. Attendees and their research are not limited to the Southwest— past attendees have represented a wide variety of regions throughout the continental U.S., Canada, and México.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


CSFC: Carole Counihan

Critical Studies in Food and Culture
Carole Counihan
Speaking Food and Making Place in the San Luis Valley of Colorado

November 14 Tuesday
4:10-5:30 pm at 126 Voorhies

Carole Counihan,
Professor of Anthropology (Millersville University, PA)

Counihan discusses her fieldwork, food-centered life history interviews that she has collected since 1996 in the small Mexicano town of Antonito in the southern San Luis Valley of Colorado. By examining Mexicanas’ diverse constructions of foods, landscapes, rivers, and gardens, she explores the relationship between the food voice and place in anthropological method and theory. Through stories about foods and places, traditionally silenced people portray culture, express gender, and enrich the historical record: these life histories contest stereotypes about the Chicanos’ relegation of women to the home and disregard for environmental conservation. They reveal longstanding roots in the land, which can provide cultural legitimacy and economic sustenance, hallmarks of Chicano cultural citizenship.


CSFC: Ken Abala

A Hill of Beans: A History of the World's Most Ubiquitous Peasant Food

Ken Albala,
Professor of History at the University of the Pacific

October 27
12:10- 1:30 pm
at 2203 Social Sciences and Humanities Bldg.
University of California, Davis

Description: Ken Abala offers a series of mini-biographies of various legume species and what they reveal about the people who will or will not eat them.
For more info contact: Stacy Jameson smjameson AT

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