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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

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Religion and Food Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in the intersection of religion and food, foodways, and food ethics. We are interested in examining these topics across broad geographical areas, religious traditions, and historical eras. We encourage critical reflection regarding:
• The relationships of religious commitments to food (consumption, production, and invention)
• Diet and sustainability
• Issues of food (in)justice, which may include food availability or insecurity, commitment to wellness, access to healthy foods, etc.
• Theological, spiritual, and religious interrelationships as expressed in food commitments or confluence
• The cross-cultural applicability of the categories of “religion” and “food” themselves
We seek to develop ongoing investigations into practices and beliefs related to food, drink, fasting, the production of food, the ethics of production and consumption, or on any aspect of religiously influenced foodways.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in the intersection of religion and food, foodways, and food ethics. We are interested in examining these topics across broad geographical areas, religious traditions, and historical eras. We seek papers investigating practices and beliefs related to food, drink, fasting, the production of food, the ethics of production and consumption, or on any aspect of religiously influenced foodways.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:
Inspired by our Boston location, we welcome submissions that treat the question of food in the colonial period, particularly among the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay, the Cavaliers of the Chesapeake, the Quakers of the Mid-Atlantic, as well indigenous/native contemporaneous communities. We are particularly interested in the use of regional ingredients and religious practice/associations.

Also related to region and calendar location, we welcome submissions that engage themes related to Thanksgiving: 1) as a ceremonial meal, 2) as a locus for nostalgia and romanticization, 3) as a place to proclaim (or deny) hospitality, and 4) as a means of asserting or appropriating identity.

We also welcome papers related to emergency food and social protest. These papers could engage questions of migration (e.g., refugee camps, food and the Underground Railroad, Boston Tea Party).

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