Call for Papers: “Literary Repasts and the Fiction of Migration” ASFS conference, Occidental College June 14-17, 2017

This panel proposes to add literary studies as an active contributor to the exciting and productive interdisciplinary food studies conversations that are the hallmarks of the yearly meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS).

This year’s conference will be held at Occidental College from June 14-17 in Los Angeles, California.

The panel welcomes abstract submissions from scholars, grad students, or undergraduates analyzing any manner of literary representations of repasts and/or foodways, especially those focusing on the conference theme of “Migrating Food Cultures: Engaging Pacific Perspectives on Food and Agriculture.” The goal of this panel is to engage memoir, popular fiction, and literature as legitimate sources of knowledge about foodways, migration, and their interconnection.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Food memoirs by authors from the Pacific Rim countries
  • Novels about food, chefs, cooks, waiters
  • Fiction discussing the overlap between immigration and foodways
  • Restaurant fiction dealing with employment of immigrants
  • Poetry by or about migrants and their foodways
  • Flash fiction or short stories on any of these topics

 

Abstracts no longer than 250 words should be e-mailed to vhallora@indiana.edu by January 15, 2017.  Submissions should also include:

  • submitter’s name,
  • organizational affiliation, and
  • status (e.g., undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc, faculty, independent scholar)

 

The panel will receive notifications of acceptance by AFHVS/ASFS by Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Attendees must be members of AFHVS or ASFS at the time of the conference.

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