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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Global Food Studies

26th Annual Comparative Literature Conference 
Global Food Studies
March 29-30, 2024
University of South Carolina 

Conference Director: Dr. Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez
Conference Graduate Assistant: Yuhan Chen

Please note the following changes to the conference schedule:

The conference will start at 10 AM, in the Hollings Library, Thomas Cooper Library, on Friday March 29th

The location for all events for Saturday, March 30th is Petigru College

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Go here to register for the conference

Keynote Speakers

This conference invites critical reflections on food.  We invite the analysis of the cultural, historical, and political depth of topics such as culinary traditions, foodways, narrative representations, and emotions around food practices in a global perspective.  

Food Studies is an exciting growing interdisciplinary field, combining approaches ranging from literary and textual analysis, cultural studies, history, anthropology, and environmental studies. Indeed, Food Studies bring to light the usually hidden everyday life experiences entangled in producing, transporting, selling food, and eating. The expansion of Food Studies as a transdisciplinary field has made us aware of the relevance of culinary practices and manners in political and racial formations around the globe. 

We invite scholars in the humanities and social sciences to submit abstracts on topics including but not limited to :  

  • Food in cross-cultural encounters
  • Food, subjectivities, and identities: racial, gender and sexual representations
  • Culinary citizenships
  • Hunger
  • Food sovereignty
  • Agriculture and countercultural food movements
  • Food, Women, and Feminine Agency
  • Disgust
  • Food and Health
  • Food Access and Social Justice
  • Food and Ethical Consumption
  • Food and Social Movements
  • Food and Intellectual movements such as Cannibalism and Anthropophagia
  • Food in Films and Cooking Shows
  • Food as Spectacle
  • Food and Senses
  • Food in travel narratives
  • Vernacular literary practices such as menus, cookbooks, food and restaurant reviews 

Please send us your-250 words abstract to by January 12th, 2024. For panels, please submit a 250-word abstract for the panel and an abstract for each paper in the panel. Abstracts and presentations should be submitted in English.  

The conference organizers anticipate the publication of selected papers in a book and/or special issue of a journal. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.