From May 27 to June 2, 2017, Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will host the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Critical Dietetics is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Canadian Association of Food Studies and the Canadian Sociological Association, we are hosting an interdisciplinary session entitled, “Disruptive Possibilities: Critical Sociologies of Food, Nutrition, and Health.” The deadline for abstract submissions is January 27, 2017. This meeting will NOT take the place of our annual Critical Dietetics Conference, the location of which is yet to be determined.
For those who are interested in attending the Congress and wish to submit an abstract to the Critical Dietetics session, please review the abstract submission requirements below and follow the online submission process. Please email Jacqui Gingras if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!
Disruptive Possibilities: Critical Sociologies of Food, Nutrition, and Health
Critical Dietetics, a social health movement informed by critical social theory, represents an interdisciplinary group of scholars, practitioners, and students who have taken up critical inquiry of the nutrition profession on the basis of intersecting subject positions such as gender, ethnicity, class, ability, and size. While recognizing the multiple meanings of food and its power to nourish and heal, Critical Dietetics acknowledges that food is more than the mere sum of its constituent nutrients. Critical Dietetics recognizes that human bodies in health and illness are complex and contextual. Moreover, Critical Dietetics recognizes that the knowledge that enables us to understand health is socially, culturally, historically, and environmentally constituted. Since 2009, Critical Dietetics has held annual meetings and published peer-reviewed research in an open-access journal in efforts to broaden scholarly discourse related to food, work, gender, and health. Most recently a chapter dedicated to Critical Dietetics was published in the 2nd Edition of Critical Perspectives in Food Studies (Koc, Sumner, and Winson, 2017). In this chapter, the authors (Gingras, Asada, Brady and Aphramor, 2017) outlined the gendered aspects of nutrition and food work, along with the relationships between the challenges elicited when a positivist approach to food and nutrition intersects with indigenous rights, climate change, food insecurity, and sizeism.
Gingras, J., Asada, Y., Brady, J., & Aphramor, L. (2017). Critical dietetics: Challenging the profession from within. In M. Koc, J. Sumner, & A. Winson (Eds.), Critical perspectives in food studies. (2nd ed.) (pp. 95-107). Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.
Koc, M., Sumner, J., & Winson, A. (2017). Critical perspectives in food studies (2nd ed.). Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.
Abstracts Submission Requirements
- An abstract may be submitted to only one specific CSA-SCS conference session
If declined, it may then be considered for another session or omnibus session upon the author or session organizer’s request
- The association recognizes that there may be situations in which there are pedagogical and professional benefits to presenting at multiple associations at Congress. The CSA-SCS encourages its members, as a matter of good practice to inform both associations of their submission in order to facilitate and foster future collaborative efforts.
- An abstract submitted by a session organizer to his or her own session must be reviewed by a co-organizer, a session organizer within the Research Cluster, or the Conference Program Committee. Our office must be informed that this process has been completed before February 15, 2017
- Abstracts must be submitted online between November 18, 2016 and January 27, 2017 (11:59 PM – PST)
- Abstracts may be in English and/or French but the session organizer may request a translation for review purposes
- Abstracts should be between 100-200 words (or up to 400 words if both English and French versions are submitted simultaneously)
- Ensure all co-authors (including email and affiliation) are included in the applicable online submission form fields
- The general CSA-SCS policy allows participants up to two different paper presentations and up to three presentations including panels and plenary (participation as session chair or discussant does not count in these limits)
- The association must be notified immediately if there are changes to the abstract or if it has been withdrawn from consideration
- CSA-SCS membership is not required in order to submit an abstract however, association membership as well as congress delegate registration is mandatory once the paper has been approved for presentation (deadline: April 15, 2017)
Paper co-authors neither presenting nor attending the Conference are exempt from these policies. Exceptions may apply in the case of joint or co-sponsored sessions (contact us for further information)