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Special Issue: Imagining the Possibilities- Food as Leisure in a Fragmented World

Annals of Leisure Research

The Editors of Annals of Leisure Research invite you to submit your research on the role of food as leisure in a contemporary, mobile, and ephemeral world. The aim of this special issue is to bring together narratives that bridge 'spaces between' as well as the inherent tensions between food and/as leisure.

Food, it might be argued, is representative of progress. It identifies one as mobile. However, while food might allow us to be, or at least aspire to be, the mobile cosmopolitan global citizen, tensions exist. Contested representations of food through class, culture, background, education, and/or religion, can also denote increasing levels of obesity, poorly informed nutritional choices, and increasing famine in many parts of the world (including in the west). The tensions between these two positions— food as cultural capital vs. food as sustenance— act to challenge our 'selves' as well as our place in the world.

In this special issue, we seek papers that highlight the inconsistencies in food and/as leisure. Topics for potential papers may focus on but are not limited to:

  • Food (im)mobilities
  • Food and leisure as a way of exploring liquid/late modernity
  • Food, leisure, and risk
  • Eating as embodied, affective leisure practice
  • Food as offering resistance to neo-liberalism
  • Tourism and food— the ethics of consuming the other for/as privileged leisure
  • Food, leisure, and the possibilities of the 'glocal'
  • Moorings in a liquid world— food as restructuring fragmented lives
  • Fast food— slow food/liquid modernity— solid modernity
  • Food and effective/mobile/more-than representations methodologies
  • Privileging the self-consuming food as a narcissistic performance
  • Slow consumption— the future of a romanticisation of an imagined past?

Important dates for authors

Submission of Abstracts: Please send proposed paper title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editor, David Scott by 30 September 2017.

You will be advised of the outcome no later than 30 October 2017.
Submission of Full Paper: 15 March 2018

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: David Scott, Dalarna University, Sweden
  • Guest Editor: Tara Duncan, Dalarna University, Sweden