Grad Student Conferences

The Future of Food Studies


Food studies has arrived. It is hard to imagine that two decades ago, scholars seriously considered food only in a few disciplines, usually at the margins. As food studies has exploded across disciplines, the field now boasts its own professional associations, journals, and undergraduate and graduate programs at institutions around the world. In addition, the past decade has seen a surge of public interest in food, from food trucks to urban farming to The Hunger Games—even as food security remains unattainable or elusive for billions of people. Food has never been more relevant to academic inquiry.

As food studies has risen to prominence, scholars have emphasized that we can use food as a lens to examine nearly any topic. Yet it is clear that food studies must grapple with many questions, including questions about the field’s own identity. With food studies becoming increasingly institutionalized, how will the discipline continue to evolve? What new subjects, methods, or theories will reshape the study of food in coming years? What areas of food culture and politics urgently need academic attention? And how can the discipline stay relevant when public interest in food inevitably wanes? Emerging scholars at the forefront of the discipline offer exciting answers to these questions.

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Conference Organizing Committee

Sarah Rush
Boston University

Carla Cevasco
Harvard University

Clara Hanson
Boston University

Zachary Nowak
Harvard University

Brad Jones
Founding Editor, Graduate Journal of Food Studies

Presented by the Graduate Association for Food Studies. Made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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