CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - "The humanities in food studies" mini-conference is hosted by the Critical Food Studies Programme: Transdisciplinary Humanities Approaches
Humanities-driven food studies open up unique pathways for analysing hybridised social identities, contemporary cultural dynamics, and discourses embedded in or emanating from processes such as transnational capitalist development, globalisation, migration or bi-lateral trade.
Much food studies work in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa focuses more on hunger-related and nutritional issues, rather than on broad humanities-oriented ways of considering how human beings relate to or experience food in socially determined ways. It is noteworthy that centrality of food to all societies makes it a crucial focus for transdisciplinary studies that include how food and eating are implicated in identity construction; how eating and food items are represented in the mass media or literature and the arts; histories of how we think about food, diets and taste.
In trying to fill the research gap in food studies, we invite postgraduate students i.e. Honours, Masters and PhD students who are working on food-related research, to this mini-conference.
The main purpose of the event is to encourage intimate conversations about individual students’ work-in-progress, as well as their engagement with areas of relevance to interdisciplinary food studies, namely feminist theoretical and methodological work and the diverse sources of knowledge about food.
Among the areas for student presentations are:
Forward abstracts of not more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th of August 2019. Expressions of interest in attending as audience to this event are also welcome, and should be sent to the email address above by the 15th of September 2019.
In addition to the mini-conference proceedings, participants will have the opportunity to attend two linked events:
This project is funded by the Mellon Foundation and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security
“The humanities in food studies” is a mini-conference hosted by the Critical Food Studies Programme: Transdisciplinary Humanities Approaches
Farm workers are an integral component of the economy and the food system in South Africa. Yet they are invariably poor, food insecure, marginalised and vulnerable to exploitation. Pro-farm worker legislation since 1994 has provided some protection, but it has also been associated with violations of labour rights and an accelerating pace of evictions and casualisation. Moreover, because agricultural employment is concentrated at specific times of year, seasonal farm workers face an under-reported crisis of underemployment and seasonal hunger.