International Conference "Craving Planet Earth: Food in Culture - Past, Present and Future"
Abstr. due: 01.05.2019
Dates: 07.11.19 — 09.11.19
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Organizers: Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
On behalf of the Faculty of Letters and Arts at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to an international conference: Craving Planet Earth: Food in Culture – Past, Present and Future. The conference chimes in nicely with Sibiu’s selection as the European Region of Gastronomy for 2019, but is primarily to ask pressing questions about significant issues such as climate change and food production, the refugee crisis and labor migration, sustainable agriculture and the ethical distribution of the earth’s resources. Given the centrality of food to human life and survival, and recurring anxieties about the depletion of the land as a result of growing populations or other forms of crisis such as global warming, representations of food and starvation are abundant in world literature. This conference explores the intricacies and complexities of food in culture.
Participation by specialists in literature, modern languages and cultural studies, as well as the arts and humanities more widely, is warmly encouraged. Papers are delivered in English and could address (but are by no means limited to) topics such as:
- Representations of food in literature, film, painting etc, from Shakespeare to Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover;
- Food, the body and the senses;
- Feasting/fasting: globalisation, migration and changing eating habits; cultures of eating, tradition and change, such as, for example, Kafka’s ‘Hunger Artist’ and Nicola Barker’s Clear;
- “Eat, Pray, Love”: representations of hospitality in travel writing;
- Historical instances of famine and starvation: the Irish Potato Famine, the Holocaust etc.; eating/starvation in crisis situations;
- Nature/ nurture and the intersectionality of identity;
- Food and global warming: an ecology of food and sustainability;
- The ethics and aesthetics of consumption and capitalism;
- Growing bigger and growing differently: overpopulation, dystopias and posthumanism;
- Anorexia, other eating disorders and mental health in contemporary fiction and film; fashion and body image;
- Food as spectacle: food in the (social) media, such as The Great British Bake-off, etc.;
- Ordering like a connoisseur: food, gluttony and frugality in translation.
Conference Web-Site: conferences.ulbsibiu.ro/eastwest/index.htm