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ASA Food Culture Studies Caucus Call for Panel Proposals

The ASA Food Culture Studies Caucus is actively seeking submissions for panel proposals to sponsor for the upcoming 2014 American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.

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 that 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.

For the 2014 Annual Meeting, we are seeking to sponsor two panel proposals that explore the culture of food and eating in its many contexts related to the conference theme, “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century,” including but certainly not limited to:

-Food, the Archive, and “Adjacent Sites of Knowledge Creation”
-Empire, Immigration, Diaspora and the Globalization of Food Cultures
-Food, Sexuality and Gender
-Eating, Digestion, and Food through Affective, Sensory and Bodily Theories
-Food and the Study of Race
-Food and Urban Space
-Food in Public Space
-Food and Play
-Food, Representations, and Visual Culture
-Food and Material Culture Studies
-Reading Food, Food in Literature and Literary Theory
-Food and Performance
-“Food Fights” including food and social justice, urban agriculture, alternative food movements, and other forms of activism

We are especially encouraging proposals that take a regional focus on the U.S. West and work on expressive food culture, food related activism or rebellion, or food and “the good life” in the greater Los Angeles area.

In line with the 2014 ASA Call for Proposals, we encourage proposals that experiment with the aesthetic and performative format of the presentation in addition to more conventional panel formats including papers and roundtables.

Panel proposals must include 3-4 presenters/participants with abstracts (500 word maximum) accompanying each as well as an abstract for the panel as a whole (400 word maximum) and a moderator/commentator. As a reminder, all proposal submitters, including chairs and commentators, must be current individual members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association) at the time of submission.

If you need help organizing a panel or finding one to join, use the ASA Food Culture Studies Caucus Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FoodCaucus) or the Food Culture Studies Community Blog on the ASA website (http://www.theasa.net/caucus_food_studies/

The Food Culture Studies Caucus will formally sponsor two panels for the Annual Meeting. We hope that panels not selected for sponsorship will still submit their proposals as general ASA session submissions.

Panel Abstracts are due by January 13, 2014 for sponsorship consideration.

Please submit all abstracts to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

By asrussek, Sat, January 18, 2014 - 7:25 am
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Food Culture Studies Events at the upcoming Annual Meeting

For all of those considering to attend the upcoming American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.:

The Food Culture Studies Caucus has organized the following events:

Reception: Food Culture Studies Caucus
Friday, November 22 - 4:30-6:00 PM (Concourse Foyer)

Business Meeting: Food Culture Studies Caucus
Saturday, November 23 - 2:00-4:00 PM (Washington Hilton - B Boundry)

Food Studies will also be well represented among the presentations and panels. Here are some of the panels that may be of interest to many of you. The full program can be found here: http://asa.press.jhu.edu/program13/index.html

Food, Debt, and the Anti-Capitalist Imagination
Scheduled Time: Sat Nov 23 2013, 8:00 to 9:45am, Building/Room: Washington
Hilton / Jefferson East (C)

How the Other Half Eats: Race and Food Reform from the Slaughterhouse to the White House
Scheduled Time: Sat Nov 23 2013, 10:00 to 11:45am, Building/Room: Washington Hilton / Jefferson East (C)

The Good, The Bad, The Unforgivable: Black Women’s Food Work as Spaces of Dissent and Strategic Acquiescence
Scheduled Time: Sat Nov 23 2013, 4:00 to 5:45pm, Building/Room: Washington
Hilton / Jefferson East (C)

Dishing it Up: Food and Labor
Scheduled Time: Sun Nov 24 2013, 10:00 to 11:45am, Building/Room:
Washington Hilton / Cabinet (C)

Pedagogies of Food and Eating: Teaching Debt, Dissent, and Identity through Food
Scheduled Time: Sun Nov 24 2013, 2:00 to 3:45pm, Building/Room: Washington
Hilton / G1 - Gunston West (T)

I look forward to seeing many of you this November.

John M Burdick
Transnational Studies
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
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By John Burdick, Fri, September 27, 2013 - 9:36 am
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ASA Food Studies Caucus Events

Food Studies Caucus Social - Thursday Nov 15th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Caribe Hilton Lobby Bar

Food Studies Caucus Business Meeting - Saturday Nov 17th
8:00 am - 9:00 am - Puerto Rico Conference Center Foyer

Sponsored Panels

Archives of Domesticity and Dissent: Cookbooks, Cooking Culture, and the Limits of Culinary Exchange
Friday Nov 16th - 8:00 am

Culinary Occupations: Migratory Identities and the Geopolitics of Public Food Consumption
Sunday Nov 18th - 12:00 pm

By John Burdick, Wed, November 14, 2012 - 6:59 pm
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ASA Conference Events

IMPORTANT - The Caucus is looking to secure funding for these events in order to provide food/refreshments/drinks at each event. IF ANYONE IS AFFILIATED WITH AN ORGANIZATION (OR COULD SUGGEST ORGANIZATIONS) THAT MAY BE WILLING TO SPONSOR THE CAUCUS OR OFFER FUNDING - IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED IF YOU COULD CONTACT ME ASAP. Sponsorship the Caucus events at the ASA Conference would be a great way for organizations such as journals, departments, discussion groups, etc who do not typically have a voice at the ASA to be exposed to a new, large and diverse audience. Any help, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. 

The Food Studies Caucus is also happy to sponsor the following two panels at this years conference:

“Archives of Domesticity and Dissent: Cookbooks, Cooking Culture and the Limits of Culinary Exchange”
Christopher Farrish, Kyla Tompkins, Janet Boyd, Christine Marks, Stephen Vider
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 16 - 8:00am - 9:45am, Building/Room: Puerto Rico Convention Center / 102C

“Culinary Occupations: Migratory Identities and the Geopolitics of Public Food Consumption”
Amy Bentley, Heather Ruth Lee, John Burdick, Audrey Russek
Scheduled Time: Sun, Nov 18 - 12:00pm - 1:45pm, Building/Room: Puerto Rico Convention Center / 208C

Thank you and best of luck with the start of the semester. 

Find the ASA Food Studies Caucus at the Following Links:
Website: http://www.theasa.net/caucus_food_studies/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASAFoodStudiesCaucus
Google Groups: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!forum/asa-food-studies-caucus

By John Burdick, Wed, August 29, 2012 - 11:27 am
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ASA Food Studies Caucus - Facebook Page

The Food Studies Caucus is now on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/ASAFoodStudiesCaucus

Please “like” this to follow the caucus.

Also, I encourage everyone to post and share on the page.  I hope this can become a lively forum where scholars can share information on their research, CFPs, personal profiles, upcoming events, links to blogs and websites, or any interesting pieces of related information you come across.

By John Burdick, Mon, June 04, 2012 - 7:40 am
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Food Studies Sponsored Panels at the Upcoming ASA Conference

The Food Studies Caucus will be sponsoring the following panels at the upcoming ASA Conference.  Congrats!  For those of you that plan to attend the conference, please consider attending these panels.

“Archives of Domesticity and Dissent: Cookbooks, Cooking Culture and the Limits of Culinary Exchange”
Christopher Farrish, Kyla Tompkins, Janet Boyd, Christine Marks, Stephen Vider

“Culinary Occupations: Migratory Identities and the Geopolitics of Public Food Consumption”
Amy Bentley, Heather Ruth Lee, John Burdick, Audrey Russek

Anyone else presenting on food related issues, please forward the panel information to me so it can be shared with all members of the caucus and the larger food studies community. 

Also, both a Food Studies Caucus Reception and business meeting are in the process of being organized by a preliminary Food Studies Caucus administrative group. More details to come soon.

By John Burdick, Wed, April 25, 2012 - 4:11 pm
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Organizing the Events for the upcoming ASA Conference

This is an open call for anyone interested in assisting in planning the Food Studies Caucus Events for the upcoming ASA Conference. 

Two events need to be organized:

1. A First annual Food Studies Caucus business/planning meeting, which will be held each year at the ASA Conference.  At this meeting we will need to plan all of the events/goals for the caucus for the coming year.

2. Food Studies Caucus Annual Reception/networking event.  At such an event scholars of food will be able to meet other scholars doing similar work. I envision this being a more low key event, with perhaps some light food and an open/cash bar. (If we need to raise funding for such an event we could possibly require preregistration and charge a small fee per person, say $10 to cover the cost of food).

These two events could possibly be combined and have a planning meeting and networking event at the same time.  I was thinking the first or second day of the conference.  Also, the ASA informed me that they have the ability to set space aside for such events at the Caribe Hilton and may even have some limited funding for such events (depending on several factors).

If anyone is willing to aid in the organization of these two events please contact me via email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), post your ideas on this blog or on the ASA Food Studies Caucus Google Discussion Page.  Even if you cannot attend the conference you could still help, and any assistance anyone willing to offer would be greatly appreciated. 

I think the next step would be to brainstorm ideas via email for these events (or others) and begin to delineate tasks to anyone who is interested in helping.

Let me know.

Thanks and all the best.

By John Burdick, Sat, April 14, 2012 - 9:38 am
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Welcome to the Food Studies Caucus

I am writing to invite all those interested to join the ASA Food Studies Caucus. 

The Food 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 that cohere in American Studies. This caucus views the study of food 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 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, among others.  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, 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.

The Food Studies Caucus plans to sponsor a growing range of activities designed to create an ongoing forum for members of the Food Studies Community within the ASA.  We work to address and promote the common interests of scholars and students through a variety of initiatives, which will include:

-Annual Food Studies Caucus business meeting to be held during the ASA Annual Conference.  Members of the Food Studies Caucus will gather during the ASA Conference to plan the activities of the Caucus for the coming year.  Participation in the caucus is open to any interested member of the ASA.  A steering committee works to carry out the goals of the caucus on an ongoing basis.

-Annual reception during the conference of the ASA. The reception will create a networking space for those within the ASA that study food.  This event presents an informal opportunity for interaction and collegiality among members of the ASA Food Studies Caucus.

-At least one Food Studies Caucus sponsored session each year at the American Studies Association meeting as well as the encouragement of the presentation of work on food in other sessions.

-An ASA Food Studies Caucus moderated email discussion group (or blog) that is open to all members of the Food Studies community, but focuses specifically on issues that are central to the cross-disciplinary field of American Studies. 

-The caucus will also, through various initiatives, encourage graduate work in food studies in the American context, recognizing that this work is sometimes seen as out of place in traditional disciplines.  Students are thus often particularly in need of mentorship and this Caucus offers a networking space for that mentorship to come from outside of their programs. 

You can join the Food Studies Caucus by visiting our ASA Homepage at http://www.theasa.net/caucus_food_studies/

best,

John M. Burdick
State University of New York at Buffalo

By John Burdick, Mon, December 26, 2011 - 4:28 pm
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