HOTCUS 2020 Winter Symposium: Food, Health, and Welfare in U.S. History, Keele University, February 22, 2020

Call for Papers

The long twentieth century witnessed vital developments in American health and welfare provision at times of significant public health challenges, ranging from rediscoveries of domestic poverty, to AIDS, to current-day opioid addiction, food insecurity and financially ruinous healthcare options.  Moreover, President Trump’s apparent penchant for fast food and avoiding excessive physical exertion is just one of the visions of healthiness that emerged during this era. This symposium seeks to showcase the latest research on food, health, and welfare, and to reflect on the state of these fields today.  We invite scholars of the United States since 1890 from every career stage interested in any aspect of American food, health, wellness, and/or welfare history to submit proposals to the symposium.

Dr Nina Mackert (University of Leipzig), whose current project is entitled “The Career of the Calorie: A History of Eating and Measuring in the US, 1880-1930,” will deliver the keynote.

Please submit paper or panel proposals to David Ballantyne (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk) by October 28, 2019.  Individual paper proposals and three-person panel proposals are equally welcomed.  Please limit proposals to 300 words per paper, and provide a brief biographical description with your submission.

To help the symposium organisers arrange panels, please note your gender with your submission.

HOTCUS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. We will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and institutional affiliation. We will also give preference to panels that include a mix of participants from across the career spectrum (i.e., from postgraduate to professor). Historically women have been disproportionately underrepresented on panels and HOTCUS is taking positive action, as permitted under s.158 Equality Act 2010, to enable and encourage the participation of women. For this reason all-male panel proposals will not be accepted. HOTCUS may constitute an all-male panel or other presentation where absolutely necessary (but any such consideration will be other than via the call for papers procedure).  HOTCUS would also especially welcome proposals from the BAME academic community, who have historically been under-represented at its events.

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

Food/health/welfare policy development

Gender, sexuality, and race dimensions

Literary and cultural representations of food/health/welfare themes

Food/health/welfare concerns and foreign relations

International and/or transnational perspectives

Changing perceptions of food/health/welfare

Food/health/welfare and the environment

Health and disabilities

Economics of health and welfare

Health and body politics

Food/health/welfare activism

Health, sports, and recreation

Food, poverty, and/or diet