Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Second International Conference on Identity Studies

Vienna, Austria


Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010




Call for Papers for Panel organized by Joan Gross, Oregon State University, USA


Food and Identity: Religion, Culture and Identifications in Contemporary Society



"Ethical dilemmas in choosing a healthful diet: vote with your fork!” (Nestle, 2000)


Food has long been a major way in which populations identify each other and differentiate themselves from other groups. Religious taboos against eating certain foods are a case in point. The prohibition of pork in Judaism and Islam and vegetarianism amongst Hindus often creates uncomfortable situations in today’s globalized society. Indigenous groups are often designated by their staple food, which links them to a particular ecosystem. All the Paiute groups are differentiated by emblematic foods from groundhog eaters to cattail eaters. Ethnic slurs are often based on commonly eaten or unusual foods, such as British people calling the French “frogs” or white Americans calling Mexicans “beaners.” In some cases, the stereotyped foods are rejected by members who want to assimilate into the dominant culture. These people pick up other food names, such as “oreo” and “apple” (black/red on the outside and white on the inside). In contemporary society, neoliberal individualism is manifested in people’s food choices that often break with the habits of their natal families. The food one eats is as much a part of one’s constructed identity as the music one listens to or the clothes one wears. Eating is understood as a political act, or as “voting with your fork” (Nestle 2000).


This panel seeks to explore the numerous ways in which food and identity intersect. Papers exploring this issue in contemporary society are particularly welcome.


Abstract should be send to by 10 June 2015. Earlier decisions will be available as per usual Centre’s policy.


The Centre established a peer review journal (first issue due in January/February 2015), and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.


We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.


The Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes


The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks for both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance


Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.


Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.


The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.


The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letters for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasize that all V isa applications in 2014 were successful.




*** OPEN CALLS ***


Journal of Religion and Culture: submissions are opened!


Working Paper Series: submissions are opened! 






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Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities is a private institution registered in Croatia.


Our goal is to encourage work in fields of religion and wider cultural studies by organizing conferences, and through our publishing activities.


We are registered, among others, for conducting research in fields of History, Sociology, Religion, Culture, and Musicology, organizing conferences and seminars, as well as publishing activities.








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