GAFS coordinates the Future of Food Studies graduate student conference. These meetings provide an opportunity to present research, learn about the state of the discipline, and build networks of like-minded scholars. Prominent keynote food scholars are invited to speak about their research and about the “future of food studies” more broadly.

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Conference Details

The Future of Food Studies at #GAFS18

The Graduate Association for Food Studies is pleased to announce the third annual Future of Food Studies graduate student conference, to be held October 4 – 6, 2018, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This year our keynote is Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, acclaimed food studies scholar, Chair of American Studies at the University of Maryland, and author of Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power (UNC Press). Dr. Julie Guthman who is a professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the author of Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism (UC Press) will deliver a plenary address. A professional development panel on the topic of academic and alt-ac food writing will bring together three diverse voices including Kim Severson (New York Times food correspondent), Dr. Steven Alvarez (Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University and creator of “taco literacy”), and Dr. Ashley Rose Young (writer and historian at the American Food History Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History). The conference will feature an interdisciplinary range of presentations and panels from a diverse cohort of graduate students affiliated with universities and institutions across the United States and the globe. Additionally, a select number of these papers will be considered for publication in an issue of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, a peer-reviewed graduate journal for food-related research.

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