[MGSA-L] CFP, UM Department of Comparative Literature 20th Annual CLIFF Conference

Artemis Leontis aleontis at umich.edu
Mon Sep 28 19:15:04 PDT 2015

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, will host their 20th Annual CLIFF Conference in March 10-12, 2016.

Appetites: Discourses of Consumption

20th Annual CLIFF Conference

March 10-12, 2016

Department of Comparative Literature

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Keynote: “A Tale of Deliveries”

Rey Chow, Duke University

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:00pm

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: Dec 1, 2015.

Over the past twenty years, the rise of food studies has brought the
culinary to the attention of academics, particularly among social
scientists and in departments of cultural studies. This brings new valence
to widely circulated notions of cultural and material consumption and their
affective dimensions (e.g. desires, appetites). Building on foundational
work by scholars including Pierre Bourdieu, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Roland
Barthes, researchers have added food to the ever-growing list of cultural
products deserving of inquiry. This relatively new concern with food opens
up the possibility of thinking consumption and appetites in broader terms.
How do we consume bodies, images, and cultures? How can the humanities
engage with food studies? Is it possible to think the consumption of food
alongside other forms of consumption?

This conference, aimed at graduate students in all disciplines across the
humanities, social sciences, and sciences, is concerned with appetite and
consumption in all their varied aspects. We welcome proposals that address:



   Sex and the body

   Historical and new materialisms

   Visual culture and new media

   Travel and tourism

   Translation and the circulation of culture

   Commodities and commodification

   Orality and language

Graduate students may submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by December
1, 2015 via email to cliffumich2016 at gmail.com. Partial reimbursements will
be available to assist with the cost of international travel.

Artemis Leontis
Professor of Modern Greek, Department of Classical Studies
University of Michigan
Arts & Humanities Editor, Journal of Modern Greek Studies

email:  aleontis at umich.edu
telephone: 734-615-3290
office address:  2160 Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street Ann Arbor MI 48109
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