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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.