Call for Abstracts: Paganism and Food

Call for abstracts
Feasts of the Gods: Food and Drink in Contemporary Paganism
To be published as part of Equinox Publishing’s Contemporary and Historical Paganism Series

Dear colleagues,

You are invited to submit an abstract for a chapter in a new book on food and drink in Contemporary Paganism.   In this project, we will include an international and interdisciplinary selection of authors and subjects, embracing a variety of Contemporary Pagan traditions on a topic of fundamental human interest: eating and drinking.  In keeping with editorial standards, chapter submissions must be academic in style and methodology, and engage whenever possible with ongoing academic dialogues.  At the same time, given that the topic is food and drink, we would like to also suggest that all of the project’s authors, in addition to the usual academic article, submit a recipe related to the topic of their chapter which will be included in the appendix of the book.  A feast for the mind, and possibly for the palate and stomach as well!  We hope that you will join us at the table.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):
Feasting and celebration. Fasting and abstinence. Food as a signifier of Contemporary Pagan identity. Reconstructionist and Native Faith communities and their use of traditional, ethnic or historical foods.  Slow Food.  Home-brewing of mead, beer, or wine for religious celebrations.  Food production and consumption in Contemporary Pagan ethics.  Vegetarianism and veganism as they relate to Pagan and Animistic relations with animals and animal rights. Sustainable agriculture, organic farming, permaculture, and foraging by Contemporary Pagans.  Pagan ethics, food shopping, and consumerism.  Soup kitchens, food pantries, and Pagan charity. Seasonal eating. Animal sacrifice and meat slaughter. Food in magickal practice. Herbalism in Contemporary Paganism.  Food in alternative approaches to health. Symbolism of food in Contemporary Paganism.  Devotion to deities associated with specific foods (Dionysos and wine, Demeter and grains, etc) Ritual use of alcohol.  Symbolism of wine and cakes in Wicca.  Food at Pagan festivals. Theologies of immanence and food.

Abstracts for proposed chapters should be no longer than 300 words, written in English, and submitted directly to the editor via email by 30 September 2016.  Please expect confirmation of reception of the submitted abstract.

Scott Simpson, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Important dates:
Submission of abstracts: 30 September 2016
Decision on abstracts returned to author: 7 October 2016
Submission of chapter manuscripts: 24 March 2017