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Saturday, November 2, 2013

CFP (CASCA 2014): Food and Power (continued from CASCA 2013)

At the 2013 meeting in Victoria we had an engaged exchange about the
relationship between food and power (abstract below) in roundtable format.
Now, and in anticipation of the 2014 meeting in Toronto, we hope to
continue this debate with more focused papers (and possibly several panels
on the topic).

We intend to circulate full papers in advance of the Toronto meeting, and
we aspire to have near-final drafts by the time we present at CASCA 2014 to
work towards publication as well.

If you are interested in participating, *please send us a 2-page summary of
your project by November 15, 2013.*

Roundtable Abstract: Food and Power (CASCA 2013)

In this session we intend to explore anthropological approaches to the
relationship between food and power. The importance of food in our daily
lives has been recognized widely, yet power relationships have largely been
inferred rather than placed at the heart of our analysis. In particular,
there is a need to develop a better understanding of the processes,
settings and people that exert control through the manipulation
(intentionally or not) of food. Manipulation may occur through withdrawal,
restriction, giving, or simple control over menus (etc.). How do these
choices reflect in the relationships between those who hold control, and
those who are' at their mercy'? More concretely, we may ask diverse
questions such as: What kind of food choices do institutions (prisons,
schools, hospitals etc.) make and what are the power relationships implied
therein? To what extent and how do dietary recommendation or nutrition
guidelines assert power over consumers (and citizens)? What is the power of
the food critics or of the sommelier, or the cook? And what about the lack
of power of the hungry and the power of donor agencies? Our aim is to
advance anthropological research into this relationship recognizing that
food closely intersects with our understandings of self, and our
positioning in a given context.

Organizers: Stephanie Hobbis ( and Christine Jourdan

Do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have any questions,
suggestions or general remarks.

PhD Candidate & Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

Social and Cultural Analysis,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
Montreal, QC, Canada

*Co-tutelle de these with:*
Social Anthropology and Ethnology
IRIS, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
Paris, France <>

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