Call for Papers 2018 Chimères Conference University of Kansas April 6-7, 2018 Appetites and Aversions

deadline for submissions: 
January 24, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Kansas, Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies
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Call for Papers

2018 Chimères Conference

University of Kansas

April 6-7, 2018

Appetites and Aversions

 

The Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies at the University of Kansas invites researchers to submit proposals for its springtime conference to be held April 6-7, 2018. In conjunction with Chimères, our MLA-listed and peer-reviewed journal of French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures, the two-day conference will be held at the Spencer Research Library and the Max Kade Center on the KU campus. Selected papers will also be considered for publication in the Fall 2018 edition of the journal.

The conference will explore notions and aspects of Appetites and Aversions in terms of literary, cultural, cinematic, and historical identities and expressions as found in French and Francophone works. 

In addition, we are pleased to announce that Professor Martha Bayless, a specialist of Medieval literature and culture at the University of Oregon, will serve as our keynote speaker.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to: 

• food and the senses

•​ food and memory

• taste as a socio-cultural notion
• corporeality
• eating disorders

• indulgences

• cooking as a gendered practice
• food and domesticity
• labor division
• transitions from childhood into adulthood
• family narratives of belonging
• geography and geopolitics
• vegetarianism or veganism

• sexuality and trauma

• rites and rituals
• spirituality

• secularism

• religious diets and fasting
• folklore and oral traditions
• environmentalism
• food economies
• food monstrosities
• culinary memoirs

 

Papers are invited from any area of French and Francophone studies and may be in English or French. Prospective presenters are asked to submit an abstract of between 250 and 300 words by January 24, 2018. 

All submissions should be sent to: chimeres@ku.edu.  Please attach a Word document to your message that includes your abstract, name, institution, email address, and a brief bio of 100 words or less.