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Digital Food Colonialism an Edited Volume

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Event Date: 2024-05-15 Abstract Due: 2023-04-01
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Keywords: (Critical) Food studies, Food media, Digital Food, Postcolonial Studies
Dear Colleagues,
We kindly invite you to submit an abstract for the upcoming edited volume Digital Food Colonialism. The edited volume aims to provide thoughtful, in-depth, analytical insights into how various expressions of digital food and its related processes across social media platforms have created additional spaces and conditions for further colonial discourse.
What does “digital food colonialism” entail? Building from the scholarly intersections of technocolonialism (Madianou 2019) and digital food (Lewis 2018, Schneider, Dolan, and Ulijaszek 2018; Schneider and Eli 2021), digital food colonialism encompasses how the relationalities between different cultures’ foodways influence their positions of authority on the definition, creation,  articulation, and sharing of specialized food knowledge within digital food spaces. Examples of this specialized food knowledge include but are not limited to codified food norms, distinctive food practices, and food beliefs. Digital food spaces, in turn, refer to online social media platforms and communities dedicated to the topic of food and its entanglements. What emerges from these conditions are hierarchies around different foodways and their associated knowledge authorities, thereby reinforcing and revitalizing aspects of coloniality within various food discourse.
This volume considers the following questions:
?      How do digital food spaces and activities create conditions for colonial discourse?
?      How are digital food spaces used to create and define shared standards or ideas of food and related practices?
?      How are digital spaces used to cultivate and spread food identities and subsequently, gastro-nationalism?
?      How are digital food spaces coded as belonging to certain groups within different communities? Are these boundaries fixed or negotiable, and how are they articulated?
?      What kinds of digital spaces and digital infrastructure are supportive of existing systems of oppression and what newer systems are being made in the on-life?
?      How does digital food colonialism manifest differently across user-generated-content platforms?
We are looking for book chapter contributions of 6,000 to 8,000 words on digital food colonialism within social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and TikTok. We are open to chapters which focus on digital food colonialism on other social media platforms as well. Contributions could be case studies, exploratory essays, and or parts of a larger research study. Both single and multiple-authored works will be considered. All work should be original, previously unpublished, and not currently submitted elsewhere. We are open to contributions from scholars working in disciplines such as:
?      Anthropology
?      Cultural Studies
?      Food Studies
?      Media Studies
?      Philosophy
?      Postcolonial Studies
?      Science and Technology Studies
?      Sociology
Key Dates
Abstract submission deadline (<250 words): 1 April 2023
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2023
Full chapter submission (max 8000 words):  December 2023
Publication: Spring 2024
Please send in a working title, abstracts of max 500 words, and a brief biographical note of 150 words to thaoeatworld@gmail.com with the subject “Digital Food Colonialism CFP”.
Please feel free to contact the volume’s editors (Ashley Thuthao Keng Dam and David Tortolini) with any questions or queries. We look forward to receiving your abstracts!


Dr. Ashley Thuthao Keng Dam