Special Issue - Women's Studies International Forum - Food and masculinities

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Meredith Nash, University of Tasmania

CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue - Women's Studies International Forum


Eating like a 'man': Food and the performance and regulation of masculinities
Guest Editors
Meredith Nash, University of Tasmania
Michelle Phillipov, University of Tasmania

This special issue is intended to provide a sustained examination of feminist perspectives on food as a site for the performance and regulation of masculinities. Existing feminist scholarship on food and eating has tended to focus on women's experiences food preparation and consumption. While this has been an appropriate corrective to the historical marginalisation of women's lives and experiences, much of this work tends to focus on food and eating as primarily feminine experience. The ways in which food operates as a site of masculine gender construction for both men and women has been largely neglected in the scholarship. More work is urgently needed that considers food and masculinities from global and international perspectives and which addresses the vectors of nationality, ethnicity, migration, class, age and sexuality. Contributions to this special issue will extend existing feminist work on gender, food and eating by examining masculinities as important sites through which meaning and power with respect to food are mobilised (and sometimes contested).

We are especially interested in papers that explore relationships between food and masculinities beyond hegemonic masculinity. We intend to unsettle and 'queer' the notion that masculinity is associated with biological 'men' as much as possible, and so we are interested in contributions that will engage with transgender masculinities and female masculinities and how they operate in connection with food, eating and embodiment.

We hope that the articles in this special issue will raise questions on several levels: conceptual (how do concepts of masculinity help to us understand and define contemporary gendered relationships to food?), cultural (what discourses of masculinity are attached to food, and how do men and women negotiate these cross-culturally in their daily lives?), political (how can feminist perspectives on food and masculinities assist us to understand, and contest, relationships between food, eating, gender and social power?), and practical (how does masculinity help us to address the gendered nature of food access and inequity around the world?)
We are seeking articles that adopt a feminist approach to food and masculinities and that explore one or more of the following topics as they relate to masculinities or 'men':
• The gendered geopolitics of food
• Food and nation-building
• Foodways and their relationship to agriculture, globalisation and industrialisation
• Cross-cultural relationships to food
• Class and consumption
• Food and families
• Food, fitness and health
• Embodied experiences of eating
• 'Obesity' and 'fat'
• Food, appetite and emotion
• Food, sex and sexuality
• Eating and (im)morality
• Risk related to food
• Food fads and trends
• Fast food, extreme food, competitive eating
• Genetically modified food
• Famine and hunger

Contributors are invited to submit articles of 7500 words (maximum) by 31 October 2012.

Articles for this special issue will need to be submitted via the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) for Women's Studies International Forum: http://ees/elsevier.com/wsif/
Authors should follow Women's Studies International Forum's submission guidelines available at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/361/authori....
Articles for this special issue will need to be submitted via the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) for Women's Studies International Forum: http://ees/elsevier.com/wsif/.
Authors must select "Eating Like a Man SI" in the "Article Type" step in the submission process. Authors must also request 'Kalwant Bhopal' at the 'Request Editor' stage of the submission process.

The editors of the Special Issue welcome discussion of initial ideas for articles via e-mail (please send queries to both of the editors):
Meredith Nash: Meredith.Nash[at]utas.edu.au
Michelle Phillipov: Michelle.Phillipov[at]utas.edu.au