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What’s Next in Food Studies? – Call for Papers

Submitted on Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies invites submissions for a special issue (to be published in May 2019) on ‘What’s Next in Food Studies.’ Globally, food studies as a multidisciplinary area of inquiry has attracted research interest and public curiosity. This special issue seeks to present what’s next for a vibrant field of inquiry and as such encourages submissions considering key questions, methods, and concerns in the global study of food. Gastronomica has always provided a forum for transformational discussions crucial to an emerging field. This special issue will continue such a tradition.

The vision presented in this issue of Gastronomica will emerge from dialogue. First, there will be conversations between the members of an editorial collective that will now oversee the journal, composed of an array of food scholars from across the globe representing multiple disciplines, institutions, and areas of inquiry. Second, the editorial collective seeks to learn, through this submission process, about the big questions emerging in the field of food studies. This special issue invites multiple voices (including students, junior faculty, innovative activists, emerging artists, and starting food practitioners) to submit scholarly articles that identify exciting new areas of enquiry, methods, forms of presentation, and approaches. Third, we hope that a dialogue will emerge with the voices of new scholars (from any discipline), the considerations of established food studies scholars, and the perspectives of activists, social entrepreneurs, curators, cooks, brewers and vintners, farmers, and others.

Preference will be given to papers that expand and consider the multidisciplinary nature of food studies; advance new forms of scholarly writing and presentation; and seek to engage broad public and academic audiences. Preference will also be given to shorter essays exploring new critical and creative interventions into current debates on the political, cultural, economic, ethical, and social contexts of eating and drinking, cooking, farming, and food processing and industries.

We encourage the following types of submissions:

  1. A scholarly article based on original research (approximately 7- 10,000 words) including footnotes and bibliography.
  2. An opinion-editorial (approximately 2000-3000 words) exploring a critical issue in food studies or in food policy or activism drawing from personal experience.
  3. An omnibus review of important new works on food, from any or all genres (approximately 5,000 words).

Procedures for submission of articles:

By September 15, 2018, please submit a paper and 1 page abstract that includes reasons for inclusion in this special issue. Article submissions should be sent to Rebecca Feinberg ( with “What’s Next Submission” in the subject line. All submissions will be sent to a member or members of the Gastronomica Editorial Collective for consideration; appropriate submissions will also be sent for peer review. If you wish to contribute an essay on visual materials, please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text by the 9/15/18 submission date. If chosen for publication, you will later need to send high-resolution image files and secure permission to reprint all images no later than 2/1/19.

This special issue is scheduled to appear in May, 2019.

Questions may be directed to Prof. Irina Mihalache, liaison for the Food Studies specialization.

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