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ego poster 2013 CFP: Banquets and Borders in Language and Literature

UPDATE: 250 word abstract due date extended to 27 September, 2013.

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals for our tenth annual EGO Conference in Macomb, IL on October 25 – October 26. We are interested in the production, consumption and the symbolism of the culinary within and beyond English Studies.  Our conference will feature a keynote speech by Dr. David B. Goldstein entitled “Toward a Skeptical Ethics of Eating: Shakespeare, Montaigne, Levinas.”

Our keynote speaker, Dr. David B. Goldstein (PhD, Stanford University), is an associate professor of English and coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at York University in Toronto, Canada.   He has published articles on Emmanuel Levinas and eating, Titus Andronicus and American cannibalism, and Martha Stewart and domestic labor. His forthcoming works on food and hospitality include a scholarly monograph Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (Fall 2013) and the SEL article “The Price of Pork: Jews, Scots, and Pigs in The Merchant of Venice” (2014). In addition, Dr. Goldstein is a widely published poet and a founding member of the Wa-KOW! art collective. A former restaurant critic and journalist, his food writing has appeared in SAVEUR, The New York Sun, and numerous other publications.


Paper topics (both creative and critical) may include, but are not limited to the following:


Colonization and food                                        Consumption and Consumerism

Cooking in popular culture                                  Culinary histories

Culinary inter-sectionality                                  Culinary Travelogues

Cultures of the Raw                                           Ethics of food 

Excess and overindulgence                                Food and consuming motifs in literature

Food and Globalization                                       Food in visual culture 

Gender and food                                                Hospitality

Landscapes of Food                                           Pedagogy of Food and Eating

Psychology and/of food                                       Representations of the culinary in film

Rhetoric of food                                                  Rituals of consumption & abstinence

Socioeconomics of fictional cuisine                      Sustainability

The EGO conference intends to explore all areas of English Studies, including pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. Furthermore, we welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage scholars from all areas of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who have an interest in food or consumption-related studies to submit proposals.

Please send 250-word abstracts (and any questions) to by September 5. Deadline extended to September 27, 2013.

We also welcome submissions by post: English Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.

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