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Call for panels: 7th ADI conference: Food, Feeding and Eating In and Out of Asia

December 15, 2014 - 00:00

We invite panel proposals for the 7th annual international ADI conference
Food, Feeding and Eating In and Out of Asia

University of Copenhagen, 24-26 June 2015

Deadline for submission of panel proposals: 15 December 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Paul Freedman, History, Yale University
  • Professor Michael Herzfeld, Anthropology, Harvard University
  • Dr. Madhusree Mukerjee    
  • Professor Daojiong Zha, International Political Economy, Peking University 

We invite panels and papers from those working in a range of relevant fields from food history, economics, anthropology, and political science to social policy, literary studies, and bio-medical and health sciences to explore such issues and beyond. We elicit fresh engagements and exciting interdisciplinary discussions that could address topics such as (but are not limited to):

  • the ways in which through different periods in history foods – such as spices valued for their culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic properties – have travelled in and out of Asia, have been incorporated into ‘national cuisines’ and ‘authentic’ recipes, and have fuelled the engines of trade, commerce, and colonial expansion;


  • the shifts towards ‘sustainable diets’ and how these can re-configure land use and supply chains to deliver ‘sustainable food security’; the tensions between more ‘localised’ food systems, ‘alternative food networks’ and more ‘global’ ‘technologically’ grounded approaches to food security;


  • how different forms of food provisioning, approaches to ‘food security’ and ‘food sovereignty’, and modes of food governance raise questions about civil society, states, and political legitimacy;


  • how sacrificing, sharing, and consuming food forge bonds between the living and the dead or establish and strengthen economic and political relationships between elites and non-elites alike;


  • the cultural politics of transactions in taste and the ways in which food practices are used as strategic markers of identity and inclusion/exclusion in ‘multicultural’ societies e.g. ‘vegetarian only’ housing complexes, prohibitions on cooking certain foods in public spaces, consumption of prohibited foods as subversive practice, or the significance of diasporic foods;


  • how and why artisanal foods, celebrity chefs and ‘ethnic’ restaurants, ‘organic’ and ‘fair-trade’ foods, different modalities of producing and selling food (e.g. food cooperatives), food and environmental activism, ‘vegetarianism’ and discourses of the ‘ethical consumer’, ‘traditional’ medicines and health practices have become new sources of cultural, economic, religious and political values;


  • how urbanised eating is entangled in increasing concerns with a lack of trust, with food safety, regulation and ‘quality’, the ways in which shifting definitions of ‘healthy’ and ‘risky’ foods, and the politics of feeding and nurturing contribute to the emergence of various nutritional policies and practices, definitions and economics of ‘healthy publics’, and food ‘scarcity’ and ‘waste’;


  • the role of different media – the press, films, literature, the visual arts and poetry – in the emergence of various understandings of a ‘proper meal’, family, domesticity and hospitality, of forms of personhood, agency, affect and emotions.

Through such discussions and conversations we look forward to exploring and re-visiting together what might be conceived of as ‘eating’ and ‘not-eating’ ‘foods’ and ‘non-foods’.

Call for panels:
We invite submissions of panel proposals including:

  • Convenor’s name and affiliation
  • Panel title and abstract (250 words)
  • Names of 2-3 potential participants and provisional paper titles

Full information on the call for panels here.

Panel submission deadline: 15 December 2014
Please send your panel proposal to marie.yoshida@nias.ku.dk
Notification of acceptance: mid-January 2015

A call for papers will be announced in January once the panels have been selected.

Call for panels: 7th ADI conference: Food, Feeding and Eating In and Out of Asia


December 15, 2014