February 14, 2022
Critical Food Studies Conference

Critical Food Studies together with the University of the Western Cape (UWC), University of Pretoria (UP) and the University  of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) will be a hosting the Virtual Humanities Conference on the dates 17 – 19 November 2021.  

This virtual conference seeks to draw innovative humanities and creative work together in lively conversation. Humanities driven food studies is making steady inroads into food security studies domains that neglect human, cultural and anti positivist perspectives. By creating a platform for critical food studies driven by humanities, the visual arts and performance,  this conference opens up critical thinking and creative expression about thee relations between food and the human both  in and beyond South Africa. 

Events will include panel discussions, dialogues, art exhibitions, demonstrations, pre-recorded performances. Note that  both non-academic and academic presentations and genres are encouraged. One pivotal aim of the conference is to  generate lively engagement among thinkers, artists, performers and food growers or makers. 

The conference invites proposals from individuals and groups for panel discussions, dialogues, art exhibitions,  demonstrations, and pre-recorded performances to address the below-mentioned themes.


Eating and food-buying practices in relation to identity-construction and symbolic capital

Food and anthropocene

Food advertising and branding

Food, pandemics and global shocks

Food, desire and satiation

Critiques of dominant food discourses

Food as metaphor and symbol

Indigenous knowledges and practice and food

Social histories of cuisines or food items

Food, taste, pleasure and affect


All submissions must include:

title of paper, name of author/s, affiliation/s, contact details of author/s, best matched theme, language - English, font - Arial, font size - 12, length - 300 words, no line spacing, 5-6 keywords, images may be inserted where relevant.


Desiree Lewis (University of the Western Cape), Relebohile Moletsane (University of Kwazulu-Natal) and Vasu Reddy (University of Pretoria)


Submission deadline - 15 September 2021

Notice of acceptance from 30 September 2021

Presenters to register and pay by 18 October 2021

View the conference website here and submit your proposal here