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Teaching about Food and Media CFP

2013 December 9
by Paul Mabrey

Call for Proposals: Deadline – December 31, 2013

“Teaching about Food and Media” Teaching Media Quarterly, 2(2): 2014.

Food media is by no means new. Cookbooks, food and cooking magazines, diet and nutrition pamphlets, recipes written down and shared, treatises on the ethics of eating, and interventions into the eating practices of others all have a long history. But in recent years, there has been an explosion of food-related media. Food TV proliferates, featuring not only step-by-step demonstrations, but also high-stakes competitions and travel shows. There are cooking websites, personal blogs, massive online recipe databases, and user-generated restaurant reviews. Media devoted to diet and healthy lifestyle have also surged, with shows like the Biggest Loser or mobile device apps that promise to aid dieters with detailed tracking of everyday food habits. There has also been heightened media attention to the ethics of eating, which has included several hugely popular books, such as those of Michael Pollan, as well as movies, like Food Inc. Teaching Media Quarterly seeks materials to be used in the classroom that critically investigate the intersection of food and media. Particularly, we are interested in lessons that address the following:

How do questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, place, and national identity emerge in food media?

How do food media operate as sites of struggle over competing cultural competencies, values, tastes, and media business imperatives?

What are the ethical questions that need to be brought to bear on food media?

What is the relationship between food media and economic inequality?

How does food media become a site at which “good citizenship” is constructed/cultivated?

What kinds of political economy and environmentalist questions are important to ask when approaching food media?

Teaching Media Quarterly Submission Guidelines & Review Policy

Teaching Media Quarterly seeks innovative assignments and lessons that can be used to critically engage with food media in the undergraduate classroom. All submissions must include: 1) a title, 2) an overview and comprehensive rationale (using accessible language explain the purpose of the assignment(s) and define key terms) (250-500 words), 3) a general timeline, 4) a detailed lesson plan and assignment instructions, 5) teaching materials (handouts, rubrics, discussion prompts, viewing guides, etc.), 6) a full bibliography of readings, links, and/or media examples, and 7) a short biography (100-150 words).Please email all submissions in ONE Microsoft Word document

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31, 2013

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