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Call for Papers: Wine Culture in the Transnational World

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Culinary Connections in Toronto


For its 2012 annual conference, the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto presents “Foodways, Diasporic Diners, Transnational Tables, and Culinary Connections,” Thursday October 4 – Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Panel Description: “Wine Culture in the Transnational World” I am interested in showcasing work that introduces critical concepts to the study of wine culture and society. How is our understanding of the wine trade, wine aesthetics, wine science, or wine geography developed by the interventions of cultural studies, feminism, critical race theory or other variations of critical theory? And what can the social and cultural study of wine, its changing forms, networks and practices, reveal about processes and structures of contemporary social life? My own contribution to the panel examines the social importance of wine in consumer society by historicizing its promise and appeal in relation to the crises which accompany globalization.

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A few potential topics: Navigating wine’s local and global networks Changing technologies and traditions Labor processes & structure of expertise in global wine Consumer behavior, status and class The performance of taste and power across cultures Hybridity and heritage in new wine communities Wine, agribusiness and development The ecologies of the wine industry and wine tourism Global semiotics of wine markets The cultural and political economies of good taste See the conference call for papers for more ideas.

Please send titles, abstracts (200 words), and contact information to David Michalski by March 1, 2012: michalski_at_ucdavis_dot_edu.

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