"O mangi questa minestra: Food as a Site of Coercion"

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From familial insistence to political intimidation, third parties often attempt to control what we eat. This panel examines the content and stylistics of these messages with the goal of identifying the larger aims that these agents seek to accomplish while communicating through the medium of food.

Questions to be posed include: Why are these groups and individuals invested in others' food choices? How does food, the medium of this coercion, evoke their true aim? And finally, why use food to accomplish these ends?

Themes to be considered include politics, mass media, gender studies, the family, religion, regionalism and ethnic identity.

Relevant studies of Italian and Italian-American examples are encouraged. Please send a 250-word abstract and a CV to Diana Garvin, deg97@cornell.edu by Nov. 15.