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Call for Proposals (due July 5th, 2021)


Building on an incredible 2020 online conference, this year’s World Critical Dietetics gathering will bring together individuals across the globe to unite around the growing awareness of the impact of intersectionality to spark action for health and social justice. In the spirit of enriching professional praxis within nutrition and dietetics, which seeks to promote liberation in all forms.

We invite presentation proposals that are oriented to advancing action that dismantle colonial systems of oppression including racism, sexism, homo and transphobia, and elucidate justice-enhancing support for mental health and trauma-informed practice.

Conference Theme

“Critical Dietetics in Action”

The driving theme of the 2021 conference, seeks to highlight examples and practices embodying daily acts of resistance, deep collaboration with diverse communities, redressing power dynamics, and putting into action the commitment of World Critical Dietetics to advancing liberation through different form of advocacy and activism. To facilitate action for justice-enhancing change, the conference will create opportunities for attendees to build connections, explore, translate, and integrate critical dietetics into practice

Topics encouraged for submission

  • Racism in dietetics education, theory, and practice
  • Exploration of critical dietetics in relation to contemporary social movements
  • including BLM, INM, #MeToo, #NeverAgain, #TimesUp, #SayHerName, #StopAsianHate
  • Intersections of civil rights and critical dietetics/critical food studies
  • Dietitians’ roles as advocates and activists for food, health, and social justice
  • Imagining what socially just dietetic practice looks like, feels like, and sounds like
  • Accountability and cultural humility in dietetics

Presentation & Proposal Formats

Individual papers/ presentations (20 minutes)

Please submit a 200-word abstract or 3-minute audio video recording including the corresponding author’s name, pronouns, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names of any co-authors.

NEW!: Ignite presentations (five minutes, 20 slides)

Communicate your idea, passion, or learnings in critical healthcare with an ignite presentation. Please submit your proposal for a 5 min presentation (150-200 word written or 2-3 minute audio-video abstract) including the author’s name, pronouns, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names of any co-presenters. For more information on ignite talks please visit

Thematic Session (3-4 paper presentations) 60 minutes

Please submit a thematic overview (100-200 words or 3-minute audio-video recording) that describes the symposium, and three to four abstracts (one for each paper of 200 words each or 2-minutes of audio or video recording). Indicate the corresponding author’s name, pronouns, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names, pronouns, titles and affiliations of the co-presenters.

Workshop or roundtable (90 minutes)

Please submit a 250-word abstract or 3-minute audio-video recording, describing the focus of the workshop or roundtable, the format or activities proposed, and the technologies required. Describe goals of the workshop or round table and how participants will be included to make this different from a thematic session

Pecha kucha-like presentations

Please submit a 200-word abstract or 3-minute audio or video recording including the author’s name, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names of any co-presenters. Learn more about the pecha kucha presentation format at: OR

Proposal Submission

Deadline: July 5th, 2021

Please send your submissions to Jane Lac & Jacinta Sherlock at


Please direct any questions to Jane Lac and Jacinta Sherlock at

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June 8, 2021 · 6:37 pm

Lifting Each Other Up

chicagosunsetAnd then it was over…

What a phenomenal conference! Thank you to the organizers at Dominican University: Jill White, Elisa Fischer, Joan DeAvilla, Yuka Asada and many many others who provided food, directions, and music. The people at this conference moved me.

To close our time together, I shared words inspired by Angela Odoms-Young’s provocative keynote, The Mis-Education of the Dietitian: “When we lift up the most uncritical of those among us, we are all lifted!”

I encourage everyone to carry the spirit of this conference by staying connected with those you met here and by connecting those who were not with us to Critical Dietetics on social media: TwitterFacebook, this blog, and Website (where you can register for free to become a “reader” of the Journal of Critical Dietetics). Let us grow and strengthen our community as we build momentum to our next gathering in Chester, UK hosted by Lucy Aphramor. Expect a call for abstracts before the end of 2014.

A wonderful surprise from our time at the conference was the jewellery sale facilitated by Kasia Tupta with assistance from Sanja Petrovic, Michelle Kwan, and Sarah Lynch. Sales of the magnificent jewellery (all made by dietetic students, interns, and practitioners) reached $350! Kasia wishes to earmark this money to assist a student or intern in attending next year’s conference. Thank you for your generosity!

And, finally, I would like to honour all those who took a Sustainer Pledge to provide financial resources in support of the Critical Dietetics movement:

  • Deanna Rondero
  • Briana Reamer
  • Catherine Gillespie
  • Michelle Kwan
  • Sanja Petrovic
  • Debbie MacLellan
  • Lucy Aphramor
  • LInda McDonald
  • Jacqui Gingras
  • Ella Trepanyko
  • Lily O’Hara

You are now members of this movement and we are very humbled by your support. Thank you! If you wish to take a Sustainer Pledge and become a member of the Critical Dietetics movement, we are going to set up an online process for you to do that in the coming weeks. If you wish to become a member, but can’t afford it at the moment, please email me. There are people who want to sponsor you! And, yes, it *is* very generous of them.

I look forward to being in touch with you in the weeks and months ahead.




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2nd International Critical Dietetics Conference: Call for Abstracts is now OPEN!

The 2nd International Critical Dietetics Conference is to take place in Sydney, Australia from September 1 – 2, 2012.

Abstract submission are welcome under the following headings:

1. Individual Papers (30 minutes): Please submit a 200-word abstract including the corresponding author’s name, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names of any co-authors.

2. Symposium of Three Papers – Thematic Session (90 minutes): Please submit a thematic overview (100-200 words) of the symposium and three abstracts (200 words each; one for each of the three papers). Indicate the corresponding author’s name, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names, titles and affiliations of the co-presenters.

3. Pecha kucha (20 slides of images to be shown for exactly 20 seconds each): Please submit a 200-word abstract including the author’s name, title, affiliation, and email address, plus the names of any co-presenters. Learn more about pecha kucha at: and

The deadline for electronic submission to is February 17, 2012. Presenters will be notified by mid – March. For further information, please contact:

Delegates attending the Second International Critical Dietetics Conference should note that the 16th International Congress of Dietetics will be taking place in Sydney from September 5-8th, 2012. See the ICD site for more details:

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The Critical Dietetics Conference – An Eye Opener…

On August 19th and 20th 2011, I had the pleasure of attending the 1st International Critical Dietetics Conference. As a student of nutrition for three years now, I was presented with research, seminars and critical discussions on topics in dietetics and nutrition that I had never come across before in my nutrition studies.

I was excited about receiving the opportunity to present my pecha kucha: Artful Interpretations of Becoming Dietitian (for more information on pecha kucha, check out: I have not been to many conferences before, but never had I expected my art and story of my experience to be featured at a nutrition conference. There were several other pecha kuchas featured at the CD conference, each presented in other rooms simultaneously. Sharing through pecha kucha was a large portion of the conference. It amazed me how professionals were able to present their ideas through words and images shown each for 20 seconds each! A nice alternative to power point presentations – to which students like myself are far too used to.

However, like most conferences there were also presenters featured in the traditional speaking role there to share their research with an audience of questioning, critical thinkers. After each speaker, guests were invited to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the topic. What really captured my attention was the shift from the idea of “nutritionism”. In fact, presenters, researchers, professors and students alike were more interested in the social and cultural dimensions of nutrition and dietetic practice. Topics such as race in dietetic discourse, food security, the social determinants of health, food, issues of dietitians in training, horizontal violence amongst colleagues and perceptions of first year experience of nutrition were presented and discussed throughout both days. I have no other words to describe the work discussed and presented other than diverse, thought-provoking and overall an eye opening experience.

I think what was most profound for me throughout the two day conference was the fact that this conference was a fully inclusive environment. This was not a conference devoted solely to dietitians. Although called ‘The Critical Dietetics Conference’, professionals, students and teachers from diverse schools of thought were invited to take part and share their ideas and experiences with everyone. I had the opportunity to connect with individuals from different disciplines such as nursing, early childhood education, the arts and humanities, health and science professionals which were valuable relationships to build for future projects and research initiatives. I found it refreshing to hear the experiences and opinions on of others not in the field of nutrition. The concept of interdisciplinary collaboration is definitely a growing area of practice that the CD conference understood.

The next International Critical Dietetics is to take place in Sydney, Australia in September 2012. Stay tuned for future updates on that conference. We hope you will able to attend this exciting event!

Michelle Kwan

Student / learning enthusiast

Communications Coordinator

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