UPDATE Food & Culture(s) in a Global Context

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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/ American Culture Association
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The Food and Culture Area of the Southwest/ Texas Popular and American Culture Association invites papers and organized panels for their 33rd Annual Conference that will be held February 8-12, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, NM. The Conference theme this year is: Celebrating Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to address the intersection of culture and culinary production/consumption. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Food and Globalization
Culinary Politics and Colonialism
Cooking/eating and trends and identities (Food Trucks, Hegans, Locavores, Slow Foodists, DIY Butchery)
Cooking in popular culture (Eat, Pray, Love; Julia and Julia; Soylent Green; Babette's Feast; Big Night; Chocolat )
Documentaries and the food industry (Food Inc.; The Future of Food; Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse)
Representations of ethnic cooking in film and literature
Food tourism
Consumption and subjectivity
Food and consuming motifs in literature
Gender and food (Man vs. Food, The Sexual Politics of Meat)
Class, and race and foodie culture
Cooking and coming-of-age novels and memoirs
Excess and overindulgence
Eating disorders and hunger

Scholars, graduate students, foodies and others interested in the intersection of food and culture are encouraged to submit. If you wish to form your own Food and Culture panel, please contact me with information on your panel topic and a list of three to four participants. Please pass this CFP along to your friends and colleagues.

Please submit 250-300 word abstracts or proposed panels to the SW/TX PCA/ACA database http://conference2012.swtxpca.org by DEC 1, 2011. You may ALSO submit your abstract along with a short (one page) curriculum vitae to lawill@nmsu.edu or to the physical address by 10 December 2011.

Laura Anh Williams, Food and Culture Area Chair
Department of English
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3E
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003