Future of Food Studies 2018 CFP

The Graduate Association for Food Studies is pleased to announce the third annual Future of Food Studies graduate student conference, to be held 4-6 October 2018, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, a select number of papers will be considered for publication in the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, a peer-reviewed graduate journal for food-related research. Below you will find the Call for Papers; please feel free to distribute to any and all graduate students who you think may be interested.

Thanks to generous funding from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and our other sponsors, modest support may be available in some cases to partially subsidize travel expenses of some conference participants. We will consider all applications and candidates fully, though those travelling from afar will take precedence in the allotment of funds.


Food studies has arrived. It is hard to imagine that two decades ago, scholars seriously considered food only in a few disciplines, usually at the margins. As food studies has exploded across disciplines, the field now boasts its own professional associations, journals, and undergraduate and graduate programs at institutions around the world. In addition, the past decade has seen a surge of public interest in food, from food trucks to urban farming to The Hunger Games—even as food security remains unattainable or elusive for billions of people. Food has never been more relevant to academic inquiry.

As food studies has risen to prominence, scholars have emphasized that we can use food as a lens to examine nearly any topic. Yet, it is clear that food studies must grapple with many questions, including questions about the field’s own identity. With food studies becoming increasingly institutionalized, how will the discipline continue to evolve? What new subjects, methods, or theories will reshape the study of food in coming years? What areas of food culture and politics urgently need academic attention? And how can the discipline stay relevant when public interest in food inevitably wanes? Emerging scholars at the forefront of the discipline offer exciting answers to these questions.

We seek graduate scholarship that presents original approaches to food studies, applies creative theories and methods to established subjects, and/or interrogates unconsidered topics. We welcome papers from the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, cultural studies, american studies, gender studies, economics, art, politics, pedagogy, nutrition, the natural sciences, philosophy, and religion, as well as other disciplines. We hope to assemble graduate students from an array of disciplines and a broad geographic expanse.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • food, identity, and authenticity;
  • food, media, and representation;
  • food, eating, and race;
  • the ethics of terroir and sustainability;
  • agriculture and agrarian change in the Anthropocene;
  • food and medicine;
  • innovation across the food system;
  • food and the body;
  • food sovereignty and food insecurity;
  • the politics of public health and nutrition;
  • emergent culinary diaspora(s);
  • food and value;
  • food, agriculture, and empire;
  • food history.

Abstract Details

Proposals (papers or full panels) should be submitted by 6 July 2018, and must include an abstract (250 words) and a biographical statement (100 words).

We welcome proposals for panels of up to three presentations. For panels, each speaker must send in his or her own proposal and indicate the names of the other speakers with whom they intend to present. Panel proposals submitted without all three speakers’ individual proposals will not be accepted. Only proposals from graduate students will be considered. Select papers will also be published in a conference proceedings edition of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies.

Submit an abstract

Deadline for proposals: 6 July 2018