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[UPDATE] - Atlantic World Foodways CFP - Proposals now due November 1st
full name / name of organization:
Atlantic World Research Network and Quaintance-Weaver
Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain
January 30-February 2, 2014
We invite proposals for papers and full panels dealing with transatlantic foodways from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Our conference will explore distinctive but inter-related foodways of the past—Pre-Columbian, Medieval and Renaissance Spanish and Italian, Pan-African, Latin American/Caribbean, Colonial and Antebellum Carolina Lowcountry. Paper and panel topics also will include the role of varied foodways in the literary imagination, the media, and the arts; the tensions between ecological and economic food sustainability; the science of food recovery, augmentation and genetic modification; the role of food in shaping historical events and developments; and the politics of food regulation and prohibition.
We will trace how distinctive food staples and flavors collided and combined with other foodways from around the Atlantic Rim to support whole new hybrid populations and cultures. We also will consider the growth and flourishing of the contemporary food recovery movement, which seeks out heirloom seeds, heritage breeds of livestock, and archival recipes to reproduce the eating experiences of our varied ancestors, and to revive the best (though perhaps to avoid the worst?) of their diets and flavors. In the process, we will consider the achievements, and the limits, of recovery food research and practice, as well as of the locavore and slow food movements that have done so much to make us intelligent, appreciative, conscientious—and sometimes obsessive and anxious—eaters.