DEADLINE EXTENDED to July 1: Proposals for Redefining the Welcome Table

Kitchen Table

Redefining the Welcome Table: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Foodways
September 25—26, 2014 at the University of Mississippi
Proposal Deadline: July 1

The Southern Foodways Alliance and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation are co-sponsoring a graduate student conference September 25—26: Redefining the Welcome Table: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Foodways. Graduate students are invited to submit papers, documentaries, and panel and workshop ideas for the conference. The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 1. 

If you have ideas and scholarship to share, we invite you to submit a two-paragraph description of the paper or discussion session (no longer than 200 words) and a short biographical statement to [email protected]. Think broadly and precisely about the relationship of food to issues of inclusion and exclusion. Preference will be given to proposals that are situated in the American South or rely upon the South for an intellectual framework. But don’t let geography restrict you. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical themes, including foodways and the civil rights movement and foodways and the long civil rights movement
  • Social, political, and economic foodways contexts
  • The intersection of food, race, class, gender expression, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and/or other identity categories
  • Obesity, food shaming, and food access
  • Relationships between specific populations and food
  • Dining experiences related to segregation and desegregation
  • Spaces including kitchens, restaurants, and public consumption environments
  • The mystification and demystification of food
  • Local, state, regional, national and international influences
  • Competing and collaborative cultures

Conference fees, including three chef-prepared meals, are waived for accepted presenters. Travel to Oxford, Mississippi, and lodging costs are the responsibility of presenters. Acceptances will be emailed in July. Questions should be forwarded to [email protected].