2018 Conference Program


Here is the final version of our Montgomery conference program. We are looking forward to an absolutely wonderful array of speakers and sessions including our keynote speaker, Dr. Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Critical Dietetics Final Conference Program

Registration is open and our early-bird deadline is Oct. 14. Complete this form and email it to Jacqui Gingras in order to qualify for registration discounts.

2018.09.16 Conference Registration Form

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Critical Dietetics T-Shirt Fundraiser!

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Wow! I am hoping this begins an annual tradition – the Critical Dietetics Conference Official T-shirt. Students from Dominican University in Chicago have designed this shirt to sell in order to support their travel from Chicago to Montgomery. Please place your order today! It would be amazing to see attendees wearing these on Friday at the People’s Tribunal. You can even show your support if you are not planning on attending. Thank you!


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New Journal Website is Live

Welcome to our new Journal of Critical Dietetics website hosted by Scholars Portal. This site will enable much greater access than our previous site. We look forward to your submissions.


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Call for Abstracts: Against Healthisms in JCD Special Issue

We are delighted to announce the following call for abstracts for a Journal of Critical Dietetics special issue entitled:

Against Healthisms: Challenging the Paradigm of “Eating Right”

In much of food studies, public health, and medicine among other disciplines and professional fields, there appears to be a ubiquitous and seemingly anodyne embrace of the “imperative of health” (Lupton, 1995). Metzl (2010) explains “…‘health’ is a term replete with value judgments, hierarchies, and blind assumptions that speak as much about power and privilege as they do about well-being. Health is a desired state, but it is also a prescribed state and an ideological position” (p. 1-2). We, as scholars of Critical Dietetics, heed the call to trouble and contest the concept of “health”, while at the same time we recognize that profound social inequities exist around the pursuit and delivery of health and wellbeing. The persistence of these inequities demand that we take a critical stance against health, healthisms, and normative framings of “eating right”. This collection will question how health is defined, who gives and receives health, for what purposes, through what means, and to what ends, with a specific focus on diet, nutrition, and “eating right”. We contend that within a heightened neoliberal fervour to promote health comes an uneasy reluctance to question the moral grounds on which health and eating resides. We recognize the stigmatizing, colonizing, normalizing, medicalizing, and consumerist rhetoric that permeates health and eating discourses and the creation and promotion of dietetic knowledge. Scholarly critiques following few or many strands could complicate the cultural or systemic dedication to dominant nutritional rhetoric and reveal counter-hegemonic discourses that enable critical questions to emerge regarding the moral imperative towards health through eating practices (Lupton, 2017). We proceed on the premise that the concept of “health”, particularly as it pertains to “healthy eating”, is not immune to excavation of the “…ideologies, structures, base pairs, and blind assumptions involved in its construction” (Metzl and Kirkland, 2010, p. 4-5). Topics in this collection may cover but are not limited to the following: the white-washing of dietary advice, fat phobia and healthy eating discourse, ableism and “eating right”, beyond nutricentric food discourse, and queering “healthy eating”.

With this in mind, we issue a call for abstracts for a special issue of Against Healthisms: Challenging the Paradigm of “Eating Right” to appear in the September 2019 issue of the Journal of Critical Dietetics. Please submit a 300- to 500-word abstract regarding your position “against healthisms” for review by November 15, 2018. Email abstract submissions to Alissa Overend. The authors of successful abstracts will be notified by December 15, 2018. Full papers (up to 5000 words) will be expected by April 15, 2019 and will undergo full peer review prior to publication.


Lupton, D. (2017). Digital health: Critical and cross-disciplinary perspectives. London: Routledge.

Lupton (1995). The imperative of health: Public health and the regulated body, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Ltd.

Metzl, J. (2010). “Introduction”, In, Metzl, J., & Kirkland, A. R. (eds). Against health: How health became the new morality. New York: New York University Press.


Abstracts Due: November 15, 2018
Abstracts Reviewed: December 15, 2018
Full papers Due: April 15, 2019
Peer Review Due: May 15, 2019
Congress (Vancouver): June 1-7, 2019
Edited Papers Due: June 15, 2019
Publication: September 2019

Guest Editors

Alissa Overend, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University
Adele Hite, North Carolina State University
Andrea Noriega, Carleton University
Meredith Bessey, Mount Saint Vincent University

Call for Abstracts – Against Healthisms (PDF)


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Conference Registration is Open!


Please complete this form to register for our upcoming conference in Montgomery, Alabama from Nov. 16-18.

2018.09.16 Conference Registration Form

Once you complete the form, please email it to Jacqui Gingras and she will have PayPal send you an invoice, which you can then pay to complete your registration.

There are THREE types of registration:

  1. Student/intern/unwaged/retired
  2. Regular
  3. Online

You must be a member of CD to attend the Saturday conference, whether it be in-person or online. Your membership is good for one year from the date of purchase.

If you are attending the conference in-person, you can also register to join us for a Soul Food Dinner on Saturday night and/or a Civil Rights Tour on Sunday. Spaces are limited!

If you are only attending the conference on Friday (student presentations in the morning and the People’s Tribunal in the afternoon), it is completely FREE.

Please contact Jacqui Gingras if you have any questions about registration.

The conference program will be posted soon. Watch this site for conference updates!

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Late-Breaking Call for Abstracts!

The conference in Montgomery is shaping up in very exciting ways. The planning committee is working hard to bring attendees a most memorable experience including a People’s Tribunal on Friday at Alabama State University where community activists will share their stories of resistance in the struggle for health as a human right, including food, water, and climate justice.

Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 9.30.18 AMAs was the case in Chicago in 2013, the People’s Tribunal brought enormous energy to the conference as well as immediate ways for people to work collectively to act for change. This year promises to build on what Dr. Jill White organized in Chicago. We are also considering the proposal of a conference resolution calling for an International Food and Health as a Human Right Day in April 2019, and ideally a march in Washington, DC and other major cities around the world. These are some of the ripple effects we intend to generate with our gathering in Montgomery.

If you missed the abstract deadline earlier this summer and are thinking you would still like to be part of the conference program and can make travel arrangements on shorter notice, we have opened up a “late-breaking” call for abstracts. While we garnered some incredible abstracts in July, we still have a few spaces left to fill in our conference program. Its an ambitious program and includes research as well as personal stories, insights, and workshops. Please review the original 8th International Critical Dietetics Conference – Call for Abstracts and submit your abstract to me on or before September 10.

In the meantime, we are confirming the last details of our program and when we do, we will release the registration form. Visit us on this site for further updates.

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Journal of Critical Dietetics – Vol 4, Iss 1


To make our Journal more accessible, we are now going to publish issues on this website in addition to our Journal site. The first issue to be posted will be our most recent with the past issues coming soon. To find out what is needed to submit a manuscript for consideration, please visit Journal of Critical Dietetics.

In the meantime, please take a moment to enjoy Volume 4, Issue 1 (2018):


Cover Art by Phillip Joy and Roberta Jackson

Discordant Socialites by Jacqui Gingras

A Mythical Battle: ‘Good’ Foods Versus ‘Bad’ Foods by Phillip Joy, Roberta Jackson, and Matthew Numer

Toward a Critical Dietetics in the Nordic Countries by Nicklas Neuman and Elin Lövestam

Time for Change: Insight from the Learning Sciences to Inform Dietitian Education and Credentialing by Megan Whelan

Why I fell in Love with Critical Dietetics: A Personal/Political Narrative by Jill White

Thresholds of Size: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Childhood Messages around Food, Body, Health and Weight by Fiona Holland, Karin Peterson, and Stephanie Archer

Dietitians in Chicago – the Stories and the Challenges by Audrey Roen
Digital Story on YouTube

Barriers to Becoming Registered Dietitians Identified by African American Students and Practitioners by Jill White

Constituting the Ideal Body: A Poststructural Analysis of “Obesity” Discourses among Gay Men by Phillip Joy and Matthew Numer

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Our First Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

I am pleased to share our first newsletter with you. This is yet another way for us to let you know what is happening in Critical Dietetics. We want you to feel part of this community of critical inquiry, so take a look and let us know if you have any other ideas or would like to join in as a volunteer on one of our committees.

Thanks to Jenna for getting this newsletter together for you and to Michelle for finalizing the layout and sharing on our social media channels. If you can think of others who would enjoy reading about Critical Dietetics, please share!

Critical Dietetics Newsletter – June 2018

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Call for Abstracts

Here is the call for abstracts for our next conference in Montgomery, Alabama. There is a way for everyone who wishes to share some aspect of their work or thinking to do so. Ours is a very inclusive space! The deadline for your abstract submissions is July 1, 2018.

Please share widely!

8th International Critical Dietetics Conference – Call for Abstracts

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Discordant Socialities (Vol 4, Iss 1)

COVER VOL 4 copy 2Our new issue is published and we have a four firsts to share:

  1. The Journal cover art (right) was created by Phillip Joy and colleagues as inspired by drinking a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino and further explored in an article entitled “Mythical Battle” (p. 2).
  2. Critical Dietetics has found a home in Nordic countries as chronicled by Nicklas Neuman and Elin Lövestam (p. 5).
  3. The article written by Audrey Roen entitled “Dietitians in Chicago” (p. 37) is accompanied by a digital narrative that can be viewed on our new Critical Dietetics Youtube Channel.
  4. Critical Dietetics has a Youtube Channel!

View the Table of Contents

View the entire issue here: Journal of Critical Dietetics

You must register to view our Journal, but it is free to register and free to publish. Thank you for your support. And, thank you to peer reviewers and Kerry Beake, our graphic artist, for all that you give to each issue.

Don’t forget to become a member of Critical Dietetics. Your membership will enable us to provide student awards and support to attend our annual conference as well as support those who create our Journal. Join today! Become a Member of Critical Dietetics

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