Call For Papers


The construction of culinary taste may be taken at first as a sensory and aesthetic journey reserved for the global urban elites. While this trope does capture the imagination and does not lack of heuristic promises, the ambition of this second Food and Society International Conference is to investigate deeper into what lies behind the formation of taste. The stakes are high as culinary taste relates to social stratification, as it entails cultural, class, gender, generational and religious boundaries, thus playing a part toward a more tensed or cohesive society. The controversy on social reproduction versus cosmopolitan taste is more vivid than ever as it echoes the highly mediatized battle between the forces of globalization and acts of local ethnic resistance.

Empathy for the ‘local’ underdog may not obliterate another critical and necessary debate: the one on the alleged inherent virtues of traditional food systems versus alternative diets and their consequences on health as well, as the sustainability of local economies and biotopes. On the other hand, writings on food education have never been so prolific but are often single-focused on cultural transmission at home, or else on best practices for taste education at school or even in specific community contexts, notwithstanding associations or NGO-driven educational experiments.

We welcome papers exploring causal dialectics that shape the construction of culinary taste alongside the food supply, transformation and consumption chain, including the role of the food industry’s corporate communication and advertising. Examples of specific topics listed here below are for illustrative purpose only, but not limited to.




The objective of this international conference is to gather minds from many fields of studies in order to epistemologically and empirically investigate the dialectics of food and society. The sense of self, roles, claims and predicaments of individual and social groups within the common society are often the result of tensions between imagined communities and assigned identities. One way to measure the impact of globalization force and its counter-currents is to contextually study individual plural-eaters in their social environment. By gradually adjusting the observation lens at meso and macro levels, researchers might be able to make sense of the complex system of socio-economic relations in which food is at the same time both main commodity and cultural marker. At the end of the conference, delegates will be requested to reach a consensus about a firm resolution to take for 2018, relating to either better ‘taste’, ‘culture’, 'education or 'communication'. Impact of this resolution will be measured through 2018 and findings shall be presented at the next conference.


  • Taste construction
  • Taste & Cognition
  • Taste & Social Reproduction
  • Social Distinction
  • Taste & Boundaries
  • Taste & Empowerment
  • Taste and Transnationalism
  • Taste and the Body
  • Highbrow and lowbrow taste
  • Neuroscience and taste
  • Veganism and vegetarianism
  • Food as a social movement


  • Food as a Cultural System
  • Ethnic Food Resistance
  • Food for the Gods
  • Locavorism
  • Food Retrovolution
  • Slow Food
  • Alternative Food Networks
  • Cultural Transmission
  • Food Social Spaces
  • High and low cuisines
  • Food heritage
  • Anthropology of eating


  • Macro Food Politics
  • National Health Plan
  • The Place of Food at School
  • Innovations in Food Education
  • Construction of National Cuisine
  • The Role of Street Foods
  • Food History
  • The Role of Chefs
  • Food and nutrition
  • Food security education
  • Food losses and food waste
  • Sensory education vs. neophobia
  • Economics of Food Education
  • Critical Food Literacy


  • Food Design
  • Food Journalism
  • Food Critics & Dominant Taste
  • Food and Literature
  • Corporate Communication on Food
  • Food innovation
  • Food marketing and advertising
  • Institutional Communication
  • Social Media and Food
  • Food labels
  • Communication and food pathologies
  • Food Community Networks
  • Food risk communication
  • Food communication and consumer behaviour


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Once your abstract is accepted, you are invited to register and submit your full paper by 08 SEPTEMBER 2017. Registration & payment will open on 28 JULY 2017.

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We welcome the submission of abstracts at any time. The dates below serve as a guideline for abstract submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines.

2017 Abstract Key Dates

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2017 Registration Key Dates

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06 OCT