Food in Context: Scholarly Approaches to Thinking about the Ways We Eat (SAMLA Special Session: November 4-6, 2011)

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Emily Kader/Emory University
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Now more than ever, food is at the forefront of the American consciousness. As humans we have always thought about food—indeed, thinking about it has been key to our survival. But today food analysis, food anxiety, and the pleasures we take in eating are all around us, from Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to reverse childhood obesity to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and from the twenty-four-hour Food Network to the slow food movement. In the South, especially, we have become proud of and regretful about our strong culinary heritage, as is evidenced through the foundation of the Southern Foodways Alliance, publications like Cornbread Nation, and, inevitably, our ever-expanding waistlines.

This panel will showcase the ways in which scholars across the disciplines are approaching, analyzing, and researching the subject of food in innovative ways. Papers might focus on a specific dish, a regional or national food, a food festival or ritual, or even food in relation to literature, film, or other form of cultural expression.

Please send abstracts of 250 words on any food-related subject to Emily Kader ( by May 1, 2011.