In this fifth issue of the Journal, Editor-in-Chief Emily Contois seeks to define food studies and why it matters, particularly during our current political climate.
This is my last issue as editor of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. The past two years and three issues have been an invaluable part of my graduate education. I can’t begin to express how much I’ve learned from our authors, artists, readers, and advisors. It’s been a joy to work with you all.
Food studies scholarship is full of food puns. I worry that these puns come to us easily—too easily—when we’re talking about food. Let me make a plea for a little more seriousness in a world where too many people dismiss our discipline and, for that matter, many others as a luxury.
The journal you’re reading right now isn’t like most academic journals. Graduate students made it—researched, wrote, solicited, photographed, edited, copyedited, and designed every inch of it.
Welcome to the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. It is with great joy that I present to you the first edition of a journal that I hope helps to encourage the continued growth of food scholarship at an institutional level—engaging students and professional educators alike in meaningful conversations about food.