Southern Foodways Graduate Symposium

Southern Foodways Alliance 2018 Graduate Student Conference:
Food Studies Across the Disciplines

Oxford, Mississippi
September 10-11, 2018

The Southern Foodways Alliance, along with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, will host the 2018 Graduate Student Conference: Food Studies Across the Disciplines, on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, September 10-11.

Kyla Tompkins, Keynote Speaker

Kyla Wazana Tompkins is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century, as well as numerous articles. Her current work is interested in the intersection of aesthetics, biopolitics, race, and matter; her next book will be called So Moved: Ferment, Jelly, Intoxication, Rot.

Her talk for the graduate student symposium, titled “Against Food,” asks about the interdisciplinary limits of research into food and foodways. Taking the passage of the 1906 Food and Drug Act as a case study, and using cartoons from the period, this talk will look at the reorganization of matter during the period following the arrival of Pasteurian science in America to think about what happens when we undo what we think we know about food as a stable category of investigation.

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Call for Abstracts: DUE April 27, 2018 (Deadline extended from original April 13 date.)

The Southern Foodways Alliance, along with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, announce a call for papers, multi-media projects, or short documentaries for a conference to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, September 10-11.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Kyla Tompkins, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Pomona College, and author of Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century.

We welcome original research or projects that engage with the broad topic of Southern foodways or agriculture.  Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

■      Intersectional Southern identities (race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, etc.) grounded in foodways and/or agriculture

■      The role of foodways in Southern art or literature

■      Food system labor in the U.S. South

■      Immigrant foodways of the U.S. South

■      Critical analyses of contemporary Southern foodways

■      Social, historical, or ecological studies of Southern agriculture

■      Methodological approaches to Southern food studies

By Friday, April 27, please submit:

■ an abstract that describes the paper or project in under 200 words

■ CV or resume

■ a short biographical statement

Please address any questions and send all materials to Afton Thomas at [email protected].

Acceptance Notification and Conference Participation Fee:

Acceptances will be emailed the week of May 7.  At the time of acceptance, invited participants will have 10 days to make a non-refundable conference participation fee of $25. Accepted participants’ final drafts of work to be presented at the conference are due Friday, August 3 by 5 p.m. CT.

Three meals during the conference are provided to each presenter at no additional cost. Travel to Oxford, Mississippi, and lodging costs are the responsibility of presenters.

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