The graduate students of NYU and Columbia University, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, are proud to announce our annual conference Beyond the Table: The Politics of Eating to be held on April 27 and 28, 2018, at the Casa Hispánica of Columbia University. Please contact email@example.com for questions and submissions.
The submission deadline has been extended to February 15, 2018.
Keynote Speaker: Sonia Montecino Aguirre (University of Chile).
What happens when the means of production and distribution influence our relationship to
food? How are processes such as rituals, communal memories, and processes of mestizaje
manifested through food?
Swallowing, digesting or devouring: but also incorporating and partaking. Since long before
the conquest, the diverse culinary repertoire of Latin America and Spain has provided a set
of recipes that both project and commercialize the Hispanic world, as well as contribute to
ways of living and forms of community. The act of eating articulates the dimensions of the
body and the sensorial with collective processes of resistance, indigestion, subversion, and
creation that often cannot be translated into verbal or visual languages.
By examining cooking, we can unveil the behavior, values, and segregations that occur in a
particular society: how food is distributed, who eats what, how much is eaten, who and how
many get a seat at the table. Eating and drinking together is as much an act of social
cohesion and mutual recognition as it is a mechanism that expresses different forms of
hierarchy and exclusion. We consider eating an event that opens a space of physical and
verbal coexistence that can (or cannot) suspend the present imperative of production.
We invite you to share your current research in an unorthodox format: The first ten minutes
of the presentation will be for your articulation of your questions in relation to your
materials. The rest of the time (30 minutes) will be for conversation and group discussions.
Proposals should be no more than 250 words and include the author’s name, institutional
affiliation and contact information. Papers in Spanish, Portuguese, or English are welcome.
Please submit your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30, 2018.
Annual NYU-Columbia Graduate Conference
Casa Hispánica, Columbia University
Possible conference topics include:
• Gender and food/cooking
• Antropophagy and cannibalism
• Hunger and the market
• Recycling and waste
• Dietetics and self-management
• Restoration, tourism and gentrification
• Subversion, and transgression
• Historical manifestations, aesthetic manifestations
• Affect, body, community
• Spatiality, temporality
• Food in film, literature, visual arts, media
• Narcissism and fetishization of food: projections of the self
• Precariousness and immigration
• Memory, identity, mestizaje
• The chef as artist, the dish as work of art
• Religion, race, transculturation
• Religious ceremonies and festivities
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