Eating Feeling: Food, Affect, and “Other” Communities in Medieval Literature (ICMS 2022 Kalamazoo; online)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Yea Jung Park & Soojung Choe
contact email: 

Medieval archives abound with accounts of food-related practices and encounters, with acute attention paid to the food habits of “others” (neighbors, foreigners, pagans) and the impact of communal eating in various social spaces. This session explores the rich intersections of food, affect, and communal identity in the medieval period. We especially welcome contributions that engage with affective responses to the food cultures of “others,” paralleled in the COVID-19 era by the Western world’s alarm at “exotic” foodstuffs, or contributions that focus on sociocultural practices (such as eating together or sharing dishes) long taken for granted but recently destabilized due to the effects of the pandemic.

We seek roundtable talks (5-8 minutes) on representations of food and eating practices in medieval texts or in any other media.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of “other” foodstuffs and food cultures
  • Consumption as affective encounter
  • Food, desire, and disgust
  • Food, well-being, and illness/disease
  • Medieval discourses of edibility and cleanness
  • Spaces and places of communal food consumption
  • Food ethics and codes of conduct
  • Food and the biopolitics of identity (racial, religious, ethnic)

Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to the ICMS 2022 Confex page ( by Wednesday, September 15.

Questions? Reach out to Yea Jung Park at or Soojung Choe at