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Religion and Food Unit

Call for Proposals

This Group 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.

We welcome paper proposals. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  1. Given the AAR Annual Meeting’s thematic focus on catastrophe, we welcome paper proposals on religion, food, and catastrophe in the era of pandemic and climate change. Topics may include food insecurity, animal agriculture, toxification and ecological damage, supply chain, immigration, and guest workers.

  2. Foodways, religion, and their relation to landscapes, resources, and migration, including movement/travel (e.g., Green Books), food shaming, and economic/geographic mobility.

  3. Religion and food in a (post-) covid era, including ingestion of substances meant to counter or treat COVID-19.

  4. For a possible co-sponsorship with Baha’i Studies Unit: papers on practices and beliefs related to food, drink, fasting, food production, food insecurity and/or sovereignty, food and social/economic development, the climate and environmental impacts of food, the ethics of food production and consumption, or any aspect of religiously influenced practices concerning food. Papers can address Baha’i contributions to these questions or highlight other religious groups.

  5. Finally, we solicit papers on any topic relevant to the study of religion and food. We especially welcome treatments of non-American and non-Western perspectives, and other critical approaches to the setter-colonial context.

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 (production, preparation, consumption, and invention)
• Diet and sustainability
• Issues of food (in)justice, which may include food availability or insecurity, commitment to wellness, access to healthy foods, food deserts, etc.
• Desertification, flood, fire, and climate related food ethics issues
• 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.

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Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members