CSWIP 2019: Feminism and Food | College of Arts

CSWIP 2019: Feminism and Food

cswip October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019
University of Guelph, Canada


The Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy invites papers and panel proposals from all areas of philosophy and all philosophical approaches, including and not limited to analytic, continental, and historically oriented philosophy. Submissions related to the theme are especially welcome. Submissions of long abstracts (1000 words) are invited for eventual presentation of papers not exceeding 3000 words.

Deadline: 12am EST, February 15, 2019. Email cswipsubmissions2019 at gmail dot com   

Our conference theme is “Feminism and Food.” This conference asks participants to consider how food, as a topic worthy of philosophical investigation, is related to feminist challenges to traditional discourse. How has food been discussed in the history of philosophy, or overlooked? How has feminist philosophical scholarship taken into account issues including the ethics and politics of food production, availability, and consumption? What counts as food, and how are metaphysical claims regarding the nature of food related to our attitudes to animals, to climate, and to cultural geographies?

Please email the 1000 word abstract as a double-spaced document in Word or PDF, prepared for fully anonymous review. In your email, please provide your contact information and brief biographical material (for our SSHRC application), including: your institutional affiliation and degrees (starting with the most recent and specifying the discipline); recent positions and a few publications, especially those relevant to the event. We encourage all graduate students to indicate if they plan to submit the full versions of their papers for consideration for the 2019 Jean Harvey Student Award. To do so, please indicate in the body of your email that you would like for the paper to be considered. In that case, the completed paper, not exceeding 3000 words and prepared for anonymous review, must be submitted by 12am EST, Monday July 11, 2019.

Panel proposal submissions:Please submit two separate documents.

  1. A panel proposal, including paper abstracts, for anonymous review.
  2. A document with all panelist names and biographical information for the SSHRC application.  

This conference will prioritize accessibility. Guidelines for accessible presentations will be distributed with successful participant notifications. Conference rooms and the reception space are wheelchair accessible, and information about wheelchair accessible transportation and accommodations will be available by the time of participant notifications. Participants will be asked to use microphones for all talks and for discussion periods. Food will be vegan/vegetarian, and there will be space on the registration form to note food allergies and sensitivities. Participants are asked not to bring or wear strong scents. A quiet room will be available.  Further information, such as information about childcare, breastfeeding and change room areas, and transportation to and from Guelph will be available soon at http://www.cswip.ca and also upon request. All conference participants will be asked to identify any presentation technologies and/or other supports required to participate, and anything else that can help mitigate potential barriers to participation. All information will be kept confidential. Please send all submissions to the following address: cswipsubmissions2019 at gmail dot com

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Disability, Feminism, and Food Justice
  • Food in the Anthropocene 
  • Indigenous Food
  • Anti-colonial Food Justice
  • Hunting and/or/versus Farming
  • Ethical Eating
  • Feminist Cooking
  • Hospitality
  • Diet Culture
  • Orthorexia
  • Gender and Gardening
  • Food Justice and Gender Justice
  • Food Deserts
  • Food and Literacy
  • Women and Food in Media and Marketing
  • Feeding and Eating With Nonhuman Friends


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Delta Hotel, directly across from the University of Guelph. The last day to book is Wednesday, September 25th, 2019.
You can make your reservation, here.
Delta Hotels Guelph Conference Centre
50 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON. N1G 0A9