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Conference Publications Syllabi Set




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Upcoming Symposia & Calls for Papers


Conferences are listed chronologically, with the earliest deadlines for submission of papers first.


Modern Quantity Food Production

Deadline for submissions: n/a

Manuscripts are now being accepted for an edited book on modern quantity food production (from an expert's point of view).
Novell ideas for chapters will be considered.

The book will address the needs culinary students or professionals in the food product manufacturing, culinary, dietetics or foodservice fields.

Chapter topics for publication include:

Types of food operations and systems -- a modern perspective

Target marketing, customer profiles, food preference

Recipe development for the different genres of production (i.e. manufacturing, foodservice), production formulas and product yields (conversions, etc.)

Food costs and pricing



Menus (the marketing mix), menu engineering

Facilities and equipment


Nutrition and food production

Quantity food -- science and technology

Other appropriate topics on quantity food production will be considered.

For questions or manuscript submission, please contact Dr. Charles Feldman.



Proposed Food System Journal
for Agency/Organizational Practitioners and Academics

Deadline: n/a

SHARE YOUR IDEAS: Go directly to Food System Journal SURVEY.

Food systems and agricultural development in North America and other Western societies is a relatively young but rich field that includes planning, community and economic development, Extension education, academia, and other professions.
New Leaf Associates Publishing and Consulting, which specializes in regional farming and food systems, is exploring the development of an ONLINE JOURNAL and supporting WEBSITE to provide both practical information on the state-of-the-art for food system and agriculture development practitioners, and also to serve as a publishing vehicle for applied researchers and young scholars. The journal and website will also provide a way for student programs and organizations to network internationally in order to share information and ideas.

By focusing on planning and development in the context of farming and food security, this applied research and practitioners' journal will complement other more academic journals, such as Food, Culture & Society, Agriculture and Human Values, and Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (formerly American Journal of Alternative Agriculture).

We would appreciate your input on journal and website content and features as a potential author, site member and/or subscriber through a brief survey. It will take just 10 minutes or so, and you will be making an important contribution to the emerging field of food systems and agriculture development.

Survey Link

We are also looking for content for the inaugural issue of the journal. The last page of the survey asks you to describe any material that you would like considered for publishing. Please feel free to note papers, articles and the like that would be of interest to your colleagues.

If you are short on time, please consider completing a /short/ version of the survey. It will only take a couple minutes.

Short Survey Link

Thanks for your time and feedback!

New Leaf Associates, Inc., Publishing and Consulting

We respect your privacy. You may share your e-mail and other contact information in the survey if you choose.

The First Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New
Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference

Sydney, June 30 -July 2, 2010.

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2009

This interdisciplinary and transnational conference is accepting proposals on ALL aspects of popular culture including but not limited to:

Graphic Novels, Comics and Visual Cultures (Dr Paul Mountfort)

Popular Design (Dr Derham Groves)

Popular Romance Studies (Dr Glen Thomas)

Popular Fiction (Dr Toni Johnson-Woods)

Film and TV (Dr Rebecca Beirne)

Fashion (Dr Vicky Karminas)

Popular Science (Dr William Lott)

Linguistics (Alan Libert)

Queer Studies (Dr Samar Habib)

Journalism and Popular Culture (Dr John Cokely)

Popular History (Dr Hsu-Ming Teo, Macquarie University)

Food Studies (Toni Risson)

Philosophy and Popular Culture

International Popular Cultures

IT, Gaming, New Media, Internet and Popular Culture

Popular Performance/Entertainment

Popular Music

Indigenous Cultures

Green Issues and Popular Culture

Writing (Creative/Non Fiction)

Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Research

Sports and Popular Culture

Proposals for panels are encouraged.

Planned events include a poster session (especially aimed at postgrads and undergrads but open to all) and a Wine and Sign cocktail hour.

Please mark abstracts Poster Session and e-mail to Dr Toni Johnson-Woods.

The Wine and Sign cocktail hour will include editors from academic and non-academic publishers.

The deadline for submissions is 30th November, 2009. Abstracts (max 200 word) should be sent as e-mail attachments to the area chairs, if no area chair is designated please forward to Dr Toni Johnson-Woods. Include your name, affiliation, mailing and e-mail address, and the title of your presentation. E-mails should be entitled: PopCanz Conference. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within one week, please resend your submission. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by January 2010.

A selection of papers from the conference will be solicited for publication in the association's (new) journal. Additional information will be available on the PopCanz blogsite. A website is forthcoming.


The Center for Gastrosophy: Epikur

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2009

The next volume (if it is appropriate to call it that) of our online-journal for gastrosophy, Epikur, will contain contributions inspired by and about Epicurus. The ancient Greek philosopher (341-271 B. C.) correlated rationality and pleasure in a way that has been subject to controversial discussions until today. You can choose between the forms of an article or essay.

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2009.

Interested? Please send an e-mail for guidelines for authors and further information.

For more information please visit this site (in German language).
Province of Salzburg: Information event on EU funding for innovative SMEs, Nov. 11, 2009
Our Congress on Regionality: preparations for 2010 are being made. If you need further information on some details, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Food and the Social Imagination in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

American Association for Italian Studies
Annual Conference at the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Campus
April 22-25, 2010

Deadline for submissions: 2 January 2010

This panel looks to feature interdisciplinary papers that consider the authenticity of cultural representations of food and wine in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Please submit a 350-500 word abstract via email by January 2, 2010 to:

Salvatore Musumeci
University of Sioux Falls



Food, Power & Meaning in the Middle East and the Mediterranean

International Conference
15 - 16 June 2010
Ben-Gurion University
Beer Sheva, Israel

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2010

“Thinking about food can help to reveal the rich and messy texture of our attempts at self-understanding,
as well as our interesting and problematic understanding of our relationship to social others” (Uma Narayan, 1997)

Food, like the air we breathe, is essential for our survival as biological beings. Food is therefore amongst the most prominent means of power: while regulating the food intake of others or preventing them from eating altogether is the outmost form of coercion, access to, and control over large amounts of nutritious and expensive fare are manifestations of prestige, supremacy and potency.

Food, however, is not only a means of coercion but also a means of cooperation, mutual assistance and partnership. In instances where food is distributed or handed over, power is ensued through social exchange. Food sharing is therefore highly regulated across cultures and is routinely embedded in complex sets of rules and rituals.

Yet the culinary sphere is also an arena where power is negotiated and challenged, where existing power structures are undermined and where alternative arrangements are suggested and experimented with. Indeed, as a mundane, body-oriented, non-verbal praxis centered on short-lived and hardly-defined artifacts, eating is probably one of the most taken for granted social activities and the culinary sphere is therefore among the least reflexive and self-aware cultural arenas. As such, it is a privileged space for social negotiation, subversion and resistance.

The ecologically and culturally diverse area encompassing the Middle East and the Mediterranean (Northern Africa and Southern Europe) is one where modern national boundaries, many of which imposed during colonial times, systematically transgress ethnic and religious divisions and is therefore inflicted by conflicts, violence and war. This area also features some of the world's grandest cuisines, as well as many others, which are possibly less renowned but certainly no less elaborate, rich, complex and intriguing.

Economic and political debates are only part of the complex fabric into which food and power are woven in the region: changing meal structures, gendered foodways, religious culinary innovation or conspicuous consumption of food as a means of class distinction are all daily features of life in the Middle East and the Mediterranean that involve differing measures of power and meaning.

In this workshop we wish to explore the ways in which the food and foodways partake in the production, reproduction, negotiation and subversion of power and meaning in the Middle East and Mediterranean. We seek papers that approach the culinary sphere as an active arena of cultural production, that perceive of culinary artifacts as cultural icons that define different aspects of identity and that highlight power and power relations as tangible social forces.

The workshop will be held in Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel (in the English language). The program will include ample time for discussion as well as tours to unique culinary venues in the region, where power is an important aspect of the culinary experience.

Invited Keynote Speakers

Prof. George Ritzer, author of The McDonaldization of Society and Globalization: A Basic Text
Prof. Carole Counihan, author of Around the Tuscan Table and The Anthropology of Food and Body

Submission of Paper Proposals

Researchers (including postgraduates and early career researchers), theoreticians and scholars in the fields of anthropology, sociology, gastronomy, geography, history, cultural studies, tourism, economics and political science who deal with aspects related to food culture in the Middle East and the Mediterranean are invited to submit a paper proposal (abstract) of some 250 words to Mr. Rafi Grosglik.

Deadline for submission of all abstracts:
Monday, 1 February 2010

Organizing committee

Dr. Nir Avieli
Mr. Rafi Grosglik,
Prof. Yoram Meital
Prof. Uri Ram.

For more information please contact Dr. Nir Avieli, the workshop convener.




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