Two Resources to Share


In between conference planning and preparing for the next issue of the Journal of Critical Dietetics, we are pleased to share two items with our subscribers. The first is a resource for dietetic interns as they prepare for clinical rotations during their internships. Charna Gord was kind enough to share this resource with the Critical Dietetics Community. Professional Passage Announcement

The second is a call for chapters for an edited volume on Fat Mothering. The call was shared with me by one of the co-editors, Sam Abel. Please contact her if you have any questions. Fat Mothering CFP

Thank you for thinking of Critical Dietetics as a space to share interesting resources. See you in Spain!

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Conference Program Released!

We are pleased to share the program for our 6th International Critical Dietetics Conference in Granada, Spain. The conference will be held at the Hotel Carmen. You may book rooms there or explore other accommodation options, such as AirBnb.

Critical Dietetics 2016 Program


We aim to keep the costs of our annual conferences reasonable. This year the costs will be €60 regular and €40 for students or underwaged. Meals will be the responsibility of registrants. We are also offering a €15 online registration that will entitle registrants to join the conference virtually. Select sessions will be available to those who register for the virtual conference.

Thank you to Lucy Aphramor of Well Founded, Ltd. for hosting the registration process.


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Call for Abstracts…Extended!

Isn’t it just the way – the deadline for abstracts has snuck up on some of us! Although we have received some amazing, critical, and creative abstracts, we know there are more out there. Send them in by April 29, so we can design an extraordinary conference program.

Please share this extension with all your friends who are attending the International Congress of Dietetics in Granada immediately following the Critical Dietetics Conference. Of course, they will want to attend both!

If you have any questions, please email me!

6th Critical Dietetics Conference Call for Abstracts


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Critical Dietetics is Coming Up Sixes…

GranadaIt is astonishing to me that we are preparing for our SIXTH annual conference to happen September 5 and 6, 2016 in Granada, Spain! It seemed like yesterday when we gathered for the very first time in Toronto and co-created Critical Dietetics as a vital and affirming movement within the profession. That was June 2010!

Yesterday, we published our SIXTH journal issue entitled, Constituting Subjectivities with an emphasis on becoming what we know as “dietitian”. The collaborative effort continues to build in provocative and compelling ways. Take a moment to visit our Journal, register as a reader if you haven’t already, and read the latest issue. Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 11.41.35 AM

The call for abstracts for the conference is going to be shared in the coming weeks. Please consider submitting an abstract and joining us in Spain. Along with our usual paper sessions, we are planning for some performative aspects and non-traditional means for people to join the conversation i.e. web-based sessions.

Onward, co-conspirators!


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Fifth International Critical Dietetics Conference – Call for Abstracts

5th International Critical Dietetics Conference

Manchester, England, UK

August 14th – 16th, 2015

Critical Dietetics programme now available here!

Doing Justice

shaping change through experience, science and creativity

Critical Dietetics originated as a movement in June 2009 and the enthusiasm that fuels its momentum confirms it as an idea whose time has come. Critical Dietetics necessarily embraces multiple disciplines, perspectives and voices and we actively welcome contributions from allies who share our aims. We have previously convened conferences in Canada, Australia and USA, and are delighted that our 5th International Conference will take place at the Manchester Conference Centre in August 2015.

As ever, we expect this conference will spark critical conversations about novel ways of approaching the complex social, political, and cultural issues encountered in the broad field of dietetics and nutrition practice, research and education; paying attention to the ways the profession shapes, and is shaped by, norms, stories and silences.

The over-arching theme of this conference is Doing Justice: shaping change through experience, science and creativity. The aim is to promote new understandings for advancing health equity, food justice and nutritional wellbeing using diverse means of knowledge creation to enrich our practice. This includes experiential knowledge, knowledge from critical biomedical and social science perspectives, and creativity and arts-inspired knowledge – with room for mystery. In this we are doing justice to nutrition and dietetics, as insiders and outsiders, by showcasing innovation, activism and good practice, doing justice to diverse ways of knowing by naming the importance of art, personal narrative and the medical humanities, and ‘doing social justice’ by seeking to be the change that challenges inequity.

Possible presentation topics and questions include and are not limited to:

  •  Doing justice to innovation in nutrition and dietetic education, practice, activism, research, practitioner development
  • Student, practitioner and activists’ experiences of speaking and practicing from their own lives and/or disenfranchised positions, or feeling silenced
  • Promoting diverse ways of knowing in dietetics and nutrition, including embodied knowledge
  • What is the role of the medical humanities in nutrition and dietetics?
  • How does our own embodiment impact our work?
  • Can creativity be taught?
  • Arts-based or arts-informed inquiry as a means for challenging knowledge hierarchies and supporting knowledge co-creation
  • Expanding the dietetic performative – artist/activist/researcher-practitioner
  • Creativity, leadership and equity
  • What conceptual frameworks support a reorientation of health to embrace social justice?
  • How can we simultaneously improve nutritional wellbeing and avoid healthism?

Notes on Language around Weight

Critical Dietetics uses descriptive terms (such as fat and thin) rather than medicalised terms (such as ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ ) to refer to people’s weight status. You can read more on the rationale behind this choice here: Critical Dietetics -Talking about weight

Presentation Options:

Abstracts are welcome from students, interns, activists, practitioners, and academics within and outside dietetics that speak primarily to the conference themes.

  • Individual Papers (20 min and 10 min questions): Submit a 200-word abstract (may include one or more authors).
  • Symposium of Three Papers: Thematic Session (90 min): Submit a thematic overview (up to 200 words) of the symposium and three abstracts (200 words each; one for each of the three papers). Please also identify the corresponding author.
  • Poster Presentation: Submit a 200-word abstract including the presenting author’s name.
  • Pecha Kucha (20 slides of images to be shown for exactly 20 seconds each): Submit a 200-word abstract. Learn more about pecha kucha at:

The deadline for oral presentations has passed but the deadline for poster abstracts has been extended to July 30th.  Please email your abstract to Lucy Aphramor Include the name of the author(s) and their current role or relevant interest.

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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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Thanks for a wonderful DAY 2 at the Critical Dietetics Conference!

Dear Readers and Followers,

Today we had a great day at the 4th International Critical Dietetics Conference at Dominican University.

I personally felt wonderful attending the Food is a Right People’s Assembly at the Conference. As nutrition

professionals, dietitians, students, interns, health professionals and allies, it’s important that we understand food security issues in our own communities, and work with these individuals to empower and fight for the right to food.

Other news: In the past 2 days we have increased an extra 39 followers on Twitter! I encourage you to follow us @Critic_Dietetic. If you are not into Twitter, Like us on Facebook Critical Dietetics. We have increased our likes by 500% in the past 2 days as well!

It appears to me that people are interested in this conversation we are having, and want to learn more! I encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to learn about Critical Dietetics.


Michelle Kwan and the Critical Dietetics Conference Organizing Team


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