Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hey food bloggers! Call for papers...

What better a place to promote a symposium on food AND the web than on my food-obsessed blog? Sweet harmony! I'd LOVE to see some of you there, especially the local guys!

Foodies on The Web: A Symposium on Food and New Media
January 30 - 31, 2009, Boston University

Many have argued that the Internet and the arrival of Web 2.0 (if there is such a thing) have created new forms of web-based community and interpersonal communications. This has extended into the world of food with the rise of popular food blogs, community-based websites such as Chowhound, Yelp and Citysearch, and other forms of information sharing and collaboration (e.g. YouTube, Wikis, TasteBook, and so forth).

The goal of this symposium is to explore how, if at all, these new technologies have changed the way people eat, cook, share recipes, decide where to have dinner, learn about nutrition, or simply think about food?

Topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
§ Blogging
§ Community building tools such as Yelp, Chowhound and Citysearch
§ Online shopping (artisanal products, cooking tools, eBay, etc.)
§ Wikis
§ Web Video: YouTube, How-to's
§ Video, Web-based or other games (Cooking Mama, Diner Dash, Food Fight)
§ Non-digital interactive forms such as interactive installations or museum exhibits

We welcome all perspectives, including:
§ Explorations or critiques of the above technologies or tools
§ Discussions of legitimacy and authority around the question, who gets to write about food?
§ What is the role of a restaurant critic and food writer in the age of the web?
§ Historical perspectives in terms of how these new forms of communication fit with or extend from more traditional forms: recipe books, restaurant criticism, newspaper columns, food TV, etc?
§ Discussion of the ways these developments are seen as a threat to "traditional" media (i.e. TV, magazines and newspapers) and to "traditional" trades (i.e. restaurant critic, recipe writer, food writer, etc)

Procedures for Submitting Abstracts for Papers

Due Date: September 15th, 2008

All proposals should include:
§ Title
§ Submitter's name, organizational affiliation, telephone number, email and mailing address
§ Abstract of 250 - 500 words that describes the proposed paper.
§ Submitter's CV

All paper proposals should be submitted to the Boston University's Gastronomy Department via email to the following email address: gastrmla@bu.edu. Abstracts should be sent as Microsoft Word attachment, if possible.

All proposals sent by e-mail will be acknowledged within one week of receipt. Notification of the status of proposals will be sent by September 30, 2008.

Speakers will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Any registration fees will be waived for speakers.