Call for Papers for Panel “Food and Identity Politics in Peripheral Cultures” accepted for presentation at the 16th IUAES Conference in Kunming, China.
"Humanity, Development and Cultural Diversity"
The 16th World Congress: The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences -- http://www.icaes2008.org
The symbolic force of food in identity politics, it is suggested, lies in the embodiment inherent in the ingestion of food – “You are what you eat”. In identity politics, food is not simply a passive symbol that refers to something else, but – because “it becomes us” – it is imbued with a distinctive potency in the process of imagining communities. For purposes of this panel, ‘peripheral cultures’ are defined as regionally-based minority cultures within or on the edges of national states. The papers in this session explore aspects of the ways in which foodstuffs identified with peripheral cultures become invested with meanings as they play out in the social, political, and economic relationships and symbolic transactions between the peripheral culture and the dominant culture.
Please send abstracts and contact information to Allan Dawson at McGill University.
OCTOBER 30, 2007: Submission of finalized titles and abstracts
DECEMBER 31, 2007: Submission of final list of attendees, together with the relevant passport information for each of them.
APRIL 30, 2008: Submission of final papers in complete form.
Allan C. Dawson
Department of Anthropology
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