Two-day Virtual Young Graduate Meet on 'Social Geographies of Food'

deadline for submissions: 
May 10, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi

Food and food practices constitute a significant part of national identity. People derive their sense of belonging through food cultures, which embody the memories of community and group membership. Eating Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Food posits cooking as an act that “performs cultural memory” (Doring, Heide & Muhleisen 2003) and reinforces communal relationships. While the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020 forced everyone to practice social distancing, shutting all social gatherings and communal activities. Food is one of the few things, which nevertheless aided in the continuance of social interaction. During the peak of nationwide lockdown, social media witnessed a plethora of trends related to cooking and baking as people explored their culinary skills. Food, in this manner, proves yet again that it is a unifying force, which binds people together in pleasant and unpleasant moments alike. It becomes a metaphorical space of contact between groups and fortifies the connection to one’s familial, social and cultural roots. It has been a subject of interest in various disciplines, mapping the transcultural and transnational journey of food.

In this event, we aim to lay emphasis on the socio-cultural, historical-political, literary, economic, psychological and other perspectives within the purview of Humanities and Social Sciences to map the social geographies of food. We invite research scholars to present their work and engage in discussion, but not remain restricted to the following themes:

  • Food and cultural memory; food memoirs; food narratives in popular culture, mythology and folklore
  • Sociology of food; gender and social divisions; cultural practices
  • Food and marginality; social construction of pure and impure food consumption
  • Modern eating practices and future possibilities
  • History of food practices in India and around the world; culinary history
  • Food psychology; body image and food; eating disorders
  • Consumption patterns and entrepreneurship
  • Influence of the pandemic on food consumption
  • Social media influence on food consumption
  • Food security; food and emergency
  • Healing nature of food 
  • Geography of food
  • Food and linguistics; food, language and periphery
  • Art and aesthetics of food

Important dates:

Abstract deadlines - 10 May, 2021

Communication of accepted abstracts will be done by 15 May, 2021

Eligibility and Participation:

We invite 300 word abstracts along with 5-10 keywords and a 50-100 words bio-note from postgraduate students pursuing their research from any institution in India or abroad. Kindly mail your abstracts on shssmeet.iitmandi@gmail.com. There is no participation fee involved. 

Date and venue:

The graduate meet will be coonducted in online mode on 29 and 30 May, 2021

For further information, visit us at https://sites.google.com/students.iitmandi.ac.in/iitmandi-shssmeet/home and contact us at shssmeet.iitmandi@gmail.com