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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Indiana U Dept. of English Graduate Conference

INDIANA UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT of ENGLISH is pleased to announce a call for papers for their Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled “Digesting Discourses: Tast, Appetite, and Consumption.” The conference will be held at IU – Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016.  See below for more information on the conference and to submit a paper. Abstracts are due on Friday, December 11th.

Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled “Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption,” to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.
Daily life is ordered by many kinds of consumption, all of which influence the way we produce and comprehend meaning within the world. “Digesting Discourses” invites scholars from the humanities, sciences, law, and public health to explore the diverse meanings of taste, appetite, and consumption across texts, methodologies, and time periods. What do metaphors of eating and digestion reveal about the materiality of knowledge? How do aesthetic and physical consumption differ? What does the critical history of material consumption reveal about patterns and power dynamics of cultural exchange? How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact the representation and study of these topics?
We invite proposals for individual papers as well as panels organized by topic. We also welcome the interaction of scholarly and creative work within papers or panels.
Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by Friday, December 11th, 2015, to iugradconference@gmail.com. Below are some suggestions for possible topics. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope these ideas might inspire some exciting new thoughts related to the conference theme.
  • Appetite, Desire, and Sexuality
  • Food Studies and the History of Food
  • Disordered Eating and Health
  • Gustatory and Aesthetic Taste
  • Objectification of Gender
  • Fat Feminism
  • Eating the Other
  • Race and Cultural Appropriation
  • Travel Narratives
  • Post-apocalyptic Narratives, Cannibalism, and Zombie Culture
  • Capitalism and Commodification
  • Conspicuous Consumption
  • The Fetish and “Food Porn”
  • Fair Trade and Ethical Consumption
  • Physiology of Reading
  • Eating Your Dasein
  • The Last Supper, Con/Transubstantiation
  • Feast, Festival, and Carnival
  • Gentrification and Urbanization
  • Object Oriented Ontology
  • Hoarding
  • Snacktivism and Slow Food
  • The Need for Feed
  • Media Consumerism and Binge-watching
  • Animal Rights and Animal Studies
  • Conservation and The Commons
  • The Serialization of Novels
  • Etiquette Books
  • Waste and the Profane
  • Medieval and Renaissance Sumptuary Laws
  • Sound Studies, Sampling, and Remixing
  • (Post-)Colonialism, Importation/Exportation