Call for Papers

This Call for Papers is Now Closed – Programme Coming Soon!

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from researchers in any discipline working on food waste and/or food sustainability practices in any period of history.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Food preservation – methods and implements for preserving food; the temporalities of food itself (seasonality, the potential for decay)
  • Management of food waste – methods and implements for disposing of or reusing food waste
  • Spaces of food preservation and waste – the factory, workplace, home etc.
  • Historical issues of food insecurity and food inequality – economic reasons for ‘thrift’ and their relationship to class/wealth
  • Food waste as a moral/religious/political issue – the wider (cultural) frameworks within which food waste/’thrift’ has been understood
  • Questions of memory and time – the role of food waste/’thrift’ in visions of the (utopian/ dystopian) future; tendencies to characterise particular periods as excessive or frugal; the impact of these visions on the present

This conference is deliberately wide-ranging in scope and is designed to create an interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars from the fields of archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion with policy representatives from the third sector.

We welcome proposals from established scholars, early career researchers, and postgraduate students alike.

Abstract proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed to by the deadline of 31 May 2019, along with brief biographical information.

We are also happy to receive any questions at this email address