[csaa-forum] Fw: CSAA conference panel proposal-Where Shall We HaveLunch?

Danielle Gallegos gallegos at iinet.net.au
Tue Jun 8 20:57:03 CST 2004

Ok got it 
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  From: Felicity 
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              CALL FOR PAPERS
  Where Shall We Have Lunch? Food and Foodways in the Twenty-First Century
  We are seeking proposals for the forthcoming CSAA conference in Perth/Fremantle - December 2004. 


  The Milliways Lunch Menu quotes, by permission, a passage from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The passage is this:

  The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases.

  For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question "How can we eat?, the second by the question "Why do we eat? and the third by the question, "Where shall we have lunch?" (Adams 116)



  With food seen more and more to be, as Gunew describes it, "the acceptable face of multiculturalism", and the claim that there is more cookery performed on television than in homes, it would seem that, in Adams' terms, we are in the "sophistication phase". In that case the question of where we should have lunch, would warrant consideration of issues of seasonality, fashion, exoticism, eclecticism, style, taste and ethnic identity.

  Yet for most of the world's population food is still a question of survival, it is still at the "how can we eat" phase. Even in Australia, welfare providers are describing increasing demands on food parcels and vouchers and according to the National Nutrition Survey anywhere from 5% of the population has run out of money for food and has no money to buy more. In addition to survival, the inquiry phase has not passed us by entirely either. Nutritionists, sociologists and culturists are still asking the question why we eat certain foods, and why we eat in a certain way?

  We are calling for papers which consider questions of globalism, sustainability, food security, feminism and domesticity, genetically modified foods, the everyday and the exotic, slow food and fast food, food and identity.In short, any papers which might address the questions 'How can we eat', 'Why do we eat' and 'Where shall we have lunch?" 

  Please email proposals to: fnewman at central.murdoch.eud.au  or

                                              gallegos at iinet.net.au 

  Conference details:


  Felicity Newman
  School of MCC,
  Division of Arts
  Murdoch University
  Western Australia, 6150.
  (08) 93606705

  "I always respect or admire the Chinese people and Chinese culture. At
  least, I very much want Chinese food. I think everybody shares in that."

  His Holiness the Dalai Lama.



  discussion list of the cultural studies association of australasia

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