CFP: 2022 NeMLA Conference Session “Social Justice, Speciesism, and Food Studies: The Next Frontier”

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association

Please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel at the 2022 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference to be held from March 10-13, 2022, in Baltimore, MD. Abstracts are accepted from June 15 to September 30, 2021.

Submit abstracts at the NeMLA portal:


Social Justice, Speciesism, and Food Studies: The Next Frontier

This session welcomes papers that address social justice, speciesism, and food studies in contemporary culture, philosophy, academia, and literature from an ecocritical perspective. While a dialogue on social justice is growing in scope in the US and Italy, seeking to expose forms of exploitation and challenge notions of race, gender, and ability, it often stops short of extending inclusivity to other-than-human animals. And while ethical veganism and anti-speciesism have become the subjects of important debate, leading to the influential fields of Critical Animal Studies, Animal Philosophy, and Animal Law, the role that social justice, ethics, and activism play in our relation to other-than-human animals remains contradictorily excluded from discussions of Food Studies. This session takes an ethical look at speciesism and in particular seeks to explore the notion of inclusivity in calls for social justice that acknowledge racial and gender oppression but fail to acknowledge oppression based on species.

Paper topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Social Justice and Post Human(ities) Studies / Giustizia sociale e studi postumani/stici

Critical Animal Studies / Liberazionismo

Antispeciesism / Antispecismo

Animal Agriculture, Environmentalism, Ecosustainability / Agricoltura animale, Ambientalismo, Ecosostenibilità

Animal Philosophy, Animal Law / Filosofia degli animali, Difesa degli animali

Veganism / Veganismo

Factory Farming / Allevamento intensivo

Species neutral language / Linguaggio di specie neutrale

Bioethics / Bioetica


Please direct any questions to:

David Del Principe, Montclair State University