Saturday, May 30, 2009


CFP: Food Aesthetics


Ninety-Eighth Annual College Art Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 10-13, 2010

Session Chair: Dr. Alison Pearlman, Associate Professor of Art History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Art Department, 3801 W. Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA, 91768;

While social scientists and culinary historians have long examined the cultures of food production and consumption, only in recent years has interest surged among historians and critics of visual art and design. None too soon! Given the importance of aesthetic considerations to food production and consumption—in food selection, preparation, presentation, dining, food-related media, and food-related architecture, packaging, and graphic design—the contributions of visual studies to this subject matter are well overdue.

For the “Food Aesthetics” session, the Visual Culture Caucus is seeking original, unpublished papers to be presented as 15-20-minute talks. Panelists’ papers may explore the social significance of any aspect of the visual and/or spatial aesthetics of food production or consumption of any culture or period. Papers may address such topics as food sourcing and selection, culinary styles, food styling, food imagery (including the infamous “food porn”), the designed spaces of food (restaurants, markets), as well as the aesthetics of performance in dining or food offering.

Submissions are welcome from art, design, and cultural-studies scholars, critics, and journalists; artists and designers; and those in food-related industries. To submit a proposal, please e-mail the session chair with a statement of your interest and expertise in your topic and attach the following documents: your curriculum vitae or resume (including reliable contact information for the summer months) and a maximum-250-word abstract of your proposal that includes and is headed by your name and institutional affiliation. Please note that your submission represents your commitment to travel to Chicago to present your paper at the CAA conference if your proposal is accepted. Deadline for submissions: July 9, 2009.

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