CFP: [Graduate] "Food Matters: Arts, Activism and Research," UC Santa Barbara (grad) (10/15/08; 5/1/09)

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Kathryn Dolan

"Food Matters: Arts, Activism and Research"
Graduate Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara

As the current news headlines reveal, food is a subject that has emerged as
one of the most pressing in our new globalized economy. Scholars, critics
and activists such as Warren Belasco, Amy Bentley, Mark Kurlansky, Gary
Nabhan, Marion Nestle, Raj Patel, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Laura
Shapiro and James Vernon have turned their attention to the history and
cultural significance of food as well as to its centrality to on-going
concerns over health, climate change, and national security. It is a
subject that bridges the humanities, social sciences and even the fine
arts, and for that reason this year the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
at UC Santa Barbara will host a graduate conference based around the theme
"Food Matters: Arts, Activism and Research."

At this conference, we are looking to break the traditional conference form
while remaining true to the spirit of an open exchange of ideas. We are
looking to foster dialogue between disciplines and into the community. We
are hoping to include traditional panels as well as roundtables, workshops,
and more discussion-focused panels. We also welcome multimedia
presentations, videos, and art installations.

Some potential ideas/topics include but are not limited to:

-sociology/anthropology/psychology of food
-the politics of food
-distinction through food preferences and practices
-food & religion/spirituality
-slow food movement
-sociopolitical uses of food
-food security/sovereignty
-gendered food practices
-youth food movements
-food and sustainability
-representations of food
-food in the media

Please submit 250-word individual abstracts or panel proposals to by October 15. If you are submitting a piece of
artwork, please include a low-resolution image in addition to abstract, if

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