CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Call for Papers: Gender, Food, and the Underground Economy

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Psyche Williams-Forson
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Call for Papers: Gender, Food, and the Underground Economy

Special Issue edited by

Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland College Park

Food Studies explores all aspects of relationships between food, culture,
and society. The movement of people and capital around the world
necessitates that we explore the ways in which women and men interact with
food through varying enterprises. Many of these activities are considered
“off the books” or part of a shadow or underground economy. This
alternative economic space usually involves otherwise law-abiding citizens
who seek to provide for their families in ways that fall outside the formal
economy. These women and men may be avoiding taxes or simply choosing to
render services without acquiring the proper licenses or food sanitation
permits. Whether they are bootleggers from the early twentieth-century,
housewives who make tortillas at home and sell them to neighbors, men and
women who sell home-cooked meals from non-authorized street stands, waiters
and waitresses who underreport the night’s tips, or undocumented immigrants
working in the food sector, these people engage in a vital and
sophisticatedâ€"albeit illegalâ€"set of practices.

Submissions on women and/or men working in the underground food economy are
sought for a special issue of Food and Foodways, guest edited by Psyche
Williams-Forson. We seek previously unpublished essays from all fields of
the humanities and social sciences consisting of original scholarship on
women who work with food in shadow economies. We especially favor research
that speaks to an interdisciplinary audience and that presents arguments
based on examination of data.

Papers should be twenty-five to thirty pages including references,
word-processed double spaced, with pages numbered consecutively and margins
of at least one inch on all sides. Papers should be written in clear,
accessible prose, cite relevant literature, and include an abstract of no
more than 150 words.

Submissions are due January 31, 2009 by email (attached as a Word document)
to If you would prefer to send by snail mail, please send
to: Psyche Williams-Forson, Ph.D., Department of American Studies,
University of Maryland College Park, 2103 Holzapfel Hall, College Park,
Maryland 20742. Feel free to contact me for further information or with
questions regarding ideas for submissions.

Editor bio: Psyche Williams-Forson is an Assistant Professor of American
Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. She is Humanities Book
Review Editor for Food and Foodways, a refereed, interdisciplinary, and
international journal devoted to publishing original scholarly articles on
the history and culture, and the author of Building Houses Out of Chicken
Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power. She is currently at work on a book
project involving African American women who worked in unofficial food
economies from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

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