Call for chapters for proposed volume "Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia."
Call for Papers Date:
We call for papers towards an edited volume tentatively titled Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia.
Globalization makes national boundaries porous, as people, culture, goods, and ideas, move from one part of the world to another. New links are forged between the social structure and economy, between global markets and local governments, and between diverse cultures and peoples. During the process of globalization, the categories of the local and the global which were previously distinct, now become increasingly interwoven and problematized. This volume seeks to explore these changing categories in the globalizing world, by using the production and consumption of food, in and of South Asia as a lens with special emphasis on identity formation and maintenance.
The preparation and consumption of food affects various aspects of identity such as ethnic affiliation, gender constructs, notions of hierarchy, regional, micro regional, caste, and class based affiliations, national identity and so on. Food can be used variously as a signifier of cosmopolitanism, globalism, localism, traditionalism, or nationalism, and this book will discuss these various ideas with specific ethnographic examples located in of South Asia.
We are interested in papers that focus on a number of themes:
The entry of multi national food corporations into South Asia and the response to these foods
The rise of a global food industry in South Asia
South Asian foods and Identity
The history of South Asian foods and spices, and their globalization through colonization
The Mughal empire, travel and food
The British Empire, colonial discourse and food
South Asian urbanism and street food
Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants and the politics of the diaspora in the UK, Australia and the Middle East
Women, food and the family: contemporary ethnographies
The South Asian diasporic family and the relationship to food, and culture
Nostalgia, the homeland and identity enacted and performed through food
Menus, cookbooks and the reading of the diasporic condition
Micro regional and caste based foods in South Asia and their global faces
Nepali cuisine with its many variations, rural and urban divides
Sri Lankan cuisine, travel and the exoticization of south Asian food
Bangladeshi cuisine, chefs and international food markets
Pakistani cuisine, specialty restaurants and the Middle East markets
The popularity of South Asian curry in Japan and other Asian countries
The recent popularity of South Asian foods and their connections (perceived or otherwise) with a medical therapeutic politics of being
The politics of authenticity and the return to indigenous foods
The emergent agro industry in South Asia and the changing face of urban food
Urban foods of South Asia and their globalization
The exoticization of South Asian foods, travel and new forms of representation
Any other themes of interest
Please email a 500 word abstract to:
Assistant professor of Anthropology
The deadline for receiving abstracts is September 30, 2008. The abstracts must contain affiliation details as well as current contact information.
Editors will review the abstracts and authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to contribute to an edited volume by December 1, 2008. Submission date for final drafts is March 1, 2009.
New York University
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
New York University
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