CFP: Eater-Eaten Material Formations In, Against, and Beyond Consumer Relationships: RGS-IBG AC16

Convenor:  Suzanne Hocknell, University of Exeter.
Session sponsored by the Food Geographies Working Group

In popular culture and in the media consumers are rebuked for being fatter than is good for health, more reliant on animal products than is good for the climate, and more reliant on global networks than is good for communities. Consuming well is framed as a responsibility to ourselves, our families, institutions and nation; and to the future of our planet. To this end, a multitude of campaigns attempt to re-educate consumers into ‘better’ / more caring food consumption practices by unveiling some of the bodies, relationships, ecosystems or power structures entangled behind the label. Such campaigns, however, do little to trouble the conceptualisation of non-human bodies as a resource that can be commoditised.

The bodies and relationships of consumer and consumed are co-constructed and remade with-in the structures, tellings, affects, and performances of consumption. Naming the Other as consumable frames the eater and the eaten as different kinds of things. Naming the Other as consumable frames the Other as a thing that can be reduced to commodity. A thing that may be cared for, but is destined to cease to become. Yet eating is already and always excessive to framings where one consumes the Other. Eater and eaten fold together, co-creating new material formations within and beyond the body of the eater (Probyn 2000), (Mol, 2008).

This session invites papers that explore the co-creation of eater-eaten material formations in, against, and beyond consumer relationships.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

*How the bodies and relationships of consumer and consumed are co-constructed and re-made within the beliefs, tellings, affects, and performances of consumption

*The limitations of framing eater and eaten as consumer and consumed

*Material formations co-created within eater-eaten encounters, practices and systems

*Human and non-human resistance to consumed-consumer relationships

*Possibilities for convivial eater-eaten encounters, practices and systems

Please send proposals for papers, with a title, an abstract of up to 250 words, and your full contact details to Suzanne Hocknell, <sh422 [at] exeter.ac.uk> University of Exeter.

Deadline: Friday 12th February.

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