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CFP: Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Proportions

CFP: Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Proportions
by submission
Time: Oct 19th, 11:59 pm End: Oct 19th, 11:59 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Philosophy (UTM), Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Humanities, Historical Studies (UTM), Food Studies, English and Drama (UTM), Diaspora/Transnational, Anthropology (UTM)
Call for papers for a conference to be held 12-13 March 2016

Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Portions
University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Language Studies
March 12-13, 2016

Call for Papers

Foodies consider food to be an art, on a level with painting or drama" (The Official Foodie Handbook, Paul Levy, Ann Barr, 1984).

From the kitchen to the classroom, the preeminence of food has brought gastronomy to the forefront of mainstream culture as well as academic conversation. Devoid of the irony that may have once infused the Handbook statement, food is, and has always been, indeed ‘an art, on a level with painting or drama.'

We invite abstracts from all academic disciplines that address the following themes or other related areas:

  • Representations of food in literature, visual art, cinema, photography, social media (‘the food selfie’)
  • Gastrosophy
  • Food and linguistics (“the language of food”)
  • Transcultural flavours and dishes (influences across borders and/or within urban spaces)
  • The effects of immigration on the North American culinary experience
  • The commodification of peasant food
  • The Slow Food Movement
  • The foodie phenomenon
  • The role of food today in popular culture
  • Food Studies as a teaching tool


Please submit a 200 word (max.) abstract and a brief bio to gastroconference.utm@utoronto.ca by October 19th, 2015. Papers may be read in English, Italian, or French. Co-authored submissions also welcome. Website information and online registration form will be available soon. For further information, please contact the Department of Language Studies (UTM) at (905) 569-5682.


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