Special Issue "Food Relationships: Ethics, Subjectivity and Culture"


A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Chloe Taylor
Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, T6G 2E5, Canada
Website: http://www.wgs.ualberta.ca/en/FacultyandStaff/FacultyTaylor.aspx
E-Mail: chloe3@ualberta.ca
Interests: twentieth-century French philosophy; philosophy of sexuality; feminist philosophy; philosophy of food; animal ethics

Guest Editor
Ms. Kelly Struthers-Montford
Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1, Canada
E-Mail: kstruthe@ualberta.ca
Interests: food; aging; nursing; women in prisons

Guest Editor
Dr. Bryan Hogeveen
Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1, Canada
Website: http://www.sociology.ualberta.ca/en/FacultyStaffandGraduateStudent/AcademicStaff/HogeveenBryan.aspx
E-Mail: hogeveen@ualberta.ca
Interests: Jacques Derrida; violence; law; marginality; social theory; sovereignty

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food Studies scholars have demonstrated the significance of what we eat to identities and processes of subjectification, while philosophers have argued for the need to think about subjectivity relationally. Bringing together these strands of thought, this special topics issue of Societies will assemble a collection of articles that consider food in terms of relationships and relational subectivity. How do our diets and alimentary practices involve relationships with others (human and nonhuman animals in the food industry, food providers, servers and cooks)? How do we relate to ourselves as dieters or eaters? How is food a factor in our relationship choices (e.g., vegan sexuality, changing—or not changing—our diets due to relationships)? How should we theorize the practices of cooking and eating with others, and eating the cuisines of others (e.g., postcolonial concerns)? How do people engaging in counter-cultural alimentary practices (e.g., veganism) negotiate relationships with others who do not engage in these dietary regimes? We welcome submissions that engage with these or any other topics involving the themes of food and relationships.

Dr. Chloe Taylor
Kelly Struthers-Montford
Dr. Bryan Hogeveen
Guest Editor


Before submitting the papers to the journal, authors should send their abstracts and full papers to the Guest Editors first for evaluations. Please email the abstracts and papers to the following email addresses:

TO: chloe3@ualberta.ca; kstruthe@ualberta.ca; hogeveen@ualberta.ca
CC: societies@mdpi.com

Please follow the timeline:

Abstracts due: 31 October 2013

Decisions to authors: 30 November 2013
Submission of full paper to the Guest Editors: 28 February 2014
Submission of full paper to the journal online: 30 April 2014

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  • parenting and food
  • hosting and food
  • animal relations
  • mothering and food
  • philosophy of food
  • theorizing relationships through food
  • nations and food
  • violence and food
  • food relationships
  • the other (and) food

Published Papers (1 paper)

Societies 2014, 4(2), 127-147; doi:10.3390/soc4020127
Received: 5 March 2014; in revised form: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 2 April 2014 / Published: 10 April 2014
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Last update: 24 June 2013

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