CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Foodsumptions: Fun, Games, and the Politics of What We Eat

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Lisa DeTora
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In It Must Have Been Something I Ate, Jeffrey Steingarten notes that
writing about food should always be fun. But is it? In millennia of
writing, food has been taken as a topic in religious, health, political,
professional, and popular texts. This writing can be instructive,
educational, entertaining, polemical, antagonistic, technical, or
reflective. The current popoularity of the Food Network, cooking programs
and contests, like The Next Food Network Star, indicate that writing,
thinking, and speaking about food currently occupy an important place in
the public imagination.

The editors seek scholarly submissions of 8-10,000 words, inclusive of
footnotes and bibliographic material, discussing some aspect of food
writing. Proposals (500-1000 words) and full papers will be considered.
Initial submissions by August 30 are requested, with final papers to be
delivered by Novermber 30 (Chicago Style, 14th edition, footnotes). Please
include a brief CV.

Possible topics include:
· Eating and family
· Holiday eating
· Religion and food
· Cookbooks (regional, local, specialty, or national)
· Food and ethics
· Farming and food
· Corn and biodiversity
· Crops and energy
· Diets
· Food and film
· Television and food
· Personal writing and food
· M. F. K. Fisher
· Personalities in Food
· Iron Chef
· Food Network
· Zagat guides
· Food science

Risa P. Gorelick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Director of First Year Writing
Ramapo College of New Jersey
School of American and International Studies
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430-1680

Lisa DeTora
Department of English
Asst Director of the College Writing Program
Lafayette College
Easton PA 18042

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