CFP: Eat, Drink, and Be Hungry: Ireland and Consumption
Eighth Annual Grian Irish Studies Conference
3-5 March 2006
Glucksman Ireland House
New York University
Grian invites one page abstracts from scholars with an interest in Ireland from any field including history, literature, cultural studies, business, anthropology, etc., by October 15, 2005. Throughout Ireland’s history, the rituals of food, drink and consumption have continued to play important, yet protean roles as Ireland’s social fabric has changed. The spectrum between comestible scarcity and abundance at distinctive and extreme points in Ireland’s history manifests itself through complicated cultural attitudes towards food. If a pint in Ireland is “the drink,” Grian is interested in exploring the social rituals, cultural practices and enduring aspects of Ireland’s comestible cultures at all points of its history. Papers that address the broad relation of food and consumption in Ireland and its diaspora may consider the following topics.
Food as emotion: comfort, desire, sex, nostalgia.
Food rituals and foodways: the Irish wake, pub culture, ‘the drink,’ tea drinking, Bewley’s, Barry’s.
Food scarcity and abundance: famine, trauma, economy.
Food extremes and health: eating disorders, overeating, well-being.
Food and prosperity: Darina Allen, haute cuisine in Ireland, authenticity
Food as business and commodity: from market to supermarket,
Superquinn’s, Guinness, Bachelor’s beans.
Food from home: immigrants and Club Orange, Mi Wadi, Jacobs,
Galtee sausage and bacon.
Food and home: the hearth, dwellings.
Food and geography: landscapes and seascapes, farming and fishing.
Food and gender: providers of food; breastfeeding.
Food and the arts: literature, song, visual arts.
Oral fixation: Oral/Orality/Oral desire/Orature.
Consumption and class: commodification of consumption, Waterford,
Belleek, consumerism, transnationalism, Celtic Tiger economy.
Cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches are encouraged. Send abstracts to Ireland.firstname.lastname@example.org. Queries may be addressed to Elizabeth Gilmartin: email@example.com or Kerri Anne Burke: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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