EAT YOUR WORDS | IU Bloomington Comparative Literature Graduate Conference

deadline for submissions: 
November 29, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana University Bloomington Department of Comparative Literature
contact email: 


Student Advisory Board for the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University


Eat Your Words

Graduate Conference: March 6-7th, 2020


Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go. 

- Anthony Bourdain


Food helps us form our identities and informs our relationships to the people and the world around us. As such, it has featured heavily in art, literature, music, and other cultural expression throughout history. This conference is interested in exploring the role and depiction of food in literature and other artistic media, including the importance of eating or feasting, communal meals, drinking or drinking games, food metaphors, recipes, the relationship of food and memory (individual or cultural), food and identity, and the sociopolitical implications of food abundance or scarcity.  How do the varying food cultures in our contemporary world connect to food cultures from the past?

We encourage interdisciplinary and global approaches to the field of Comparative Literature. We welcome proposals from any branch of the humanities including, but not limited to, Film and Media Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Postcolonial Studies, Eco-Criticism, Food Studies, Folklore, Religious Studies, and Art History.

Please send an abstract (maximum 300 words), a title for your presentation, and a short bio (maximum 50 words) including your name, email address, degree level and institutional affiliation to: by November 29th, 2019. Please submit all materials both as an attachment and as text in the body of your email. Final decisions will be made no later than mid-January.