Why We Eat How We Eat: Food Choices, Nutrition and the Politics of Eating: Call for Conference Papers

Key information

9:15 am to 5:30 pm
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London
Richard Hoggart Building: 137, 137a & 143

About this event


Never have individual food choices been so much at the forefront of political and policy debates. Recent attention on obesity has been accompanied by campaigns for breastfeeding and the provisioning of healthy food in schools, while industrial agricultural practices and the use of pesticides have been questioned both by policy-makers and consumers. Yet, while nutrition, the politics of eating and modalities of body management have been increasingly addressed by the academy, the methodological and theoretical approaches utilised have been wide-ranging and disparate.

The key objective of this conference is to draw together these previously diverse perspectives in order to explore and create exciting interdisciplinary approaches with which to engage with the complex debates surrounding food choices and eating patterns.

We therefore aim to share the findings of those working in a variety of relevant fields, from political economy to medical anthropology, food studies to social policy, and beyond. We anticipate that drawing together these varied paradigms will forge greater understandings of the embodied, social, political and economic factors that shape the ways individuals and social groups eat.

Please see Provisional Programme for details.

Organiser: Goldsmiths College, in association with the SOAS Food Studies Centre

Contact email: eatingconference@gold.ac.uk.