Monday, November 06, 2006


CFP: Food and Performance, Food as Performance

Call for Papers: Food and Performance, Food as Performance

Special Issue of
Text and Performance Quarterly

edited by
Myron Beasley, University of Chicago
Kristin Langellier, Communication and Journalism, University of Maine,
and Laura Lindenfeld, Communication and Journalism, University of Maine.

The multidisciplinary field of Food Studies explores relationships among food, culture, and society. Drawing on diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, scholars have produced significant new research over the past two decades ranging from everyday food practices, the gendering of feeding families, and the phenomenon of food television to the relationship of food to nationhood.

Performance studies has much to offer to contemporary food studies, and this special issue will encourage and highlight the relationship between food and performance, and food as performance. We encourage essays that will attend to food as a complex system of performance practices and epistemologies. We are particularly interested in essays that consider the performative and aesthetic aspects of food that also incorporates the "mixings" of race, class, power, sex, and sexuality with politics, history, and contemporary performance culture. Such topics could include but are not limited to food as narrative, the performance of cooking, eating as ritual, and consumption and sex. Manuscripts from a wide range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives, including rhetorical,feminist, ethnographic, performative writing, psychoanalytic, and historical, are encouraged.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed. (2003). To facilitate the blind,
peer review process, no material identifying the author(s) of submitted manuscripts should appear anywhere other than the title page, which should include: (a.) the title of the paper, (b.) the author's name, position, institutional affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address; (c.) any
acknowledgments, including the history of the manuscript if any part of it has been presented at a conference or is derived from a thesis or dissertation; (d.) a close word count. The first page of the manuscript itself should include the title of the paper, an abstract of 100 words, and a list of five suggested key words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout and should be no longer than 9000 words, inclusive of notes and reference matter.

Manuscripts may be submitted via surface mail or via email. Authors submitting via surface mail should send three (3) copies of the
manuscript to: Kristin Langellier, Communication and Journalism, University of Maine, Orono ME 04469, 207-581-1942

Authors submitting electronically should take special care to format their documents in MS-Word in a PC-compatible version.
Email the document as a file attachment to
In the text of the email message, authors should specify "TPQ submission" in the subject line and provide all identifying and contact information in the body of the email.

Submissions due date April 1, 2007.

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