New Call for Submissions: “Food in the time of COVID”

In addition to our standing invitation for scholarly research and “Food Phenomena” submissions, the Editorial Collective of Gastronomica will continue to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on local and global food systems. We invite the following submissions:

  • Research ‘briefs’ (500-3,000 words): shorter treatments of developing projects, vital research questions, and/or the essential methodologies for the study of food and pandemics. Research briefs will be blind peer-reviewed. 
  • Teaching ‘briefs’ (300-2,000 words): reflections on and studies of pedagogy (“remote” or otherwise) and food’s far-flung social, economic, cultural, and medical impacts in the context of pandemic(s).  (“Pedagogy” pertains to teaching practices from pre-school to universities, virtual spaces, as well as to public spaces, and includes an array of voices, from academics to tour guides to cooks to artists.)
  • “Dispatches” (100-1000 words), shorter pieces drawn from lived experience of this pandemic (and other pandemics): portraits, creative non-fiction, telephonic/digital interviews, photographs and other images, and more.  
  • Regular and full-length research and Food Phenomena pieces, including, but not limited to fully realized submissions about food in the time of COVID-19As always, Gastronomica seeks to publish work that presents new and original research, advances our understanding of the pressing topics, theories, and methods in the world of food, and invites critical commentary.  

Deadline: Review of submissions will begin immediately. In order to be considered for issue 20.4 (Winter 2020), submissions must be received no later than 15 July 2020. Later submissions can be considered for future issues.  Some submissions may also be selected for online publication as part of our Web Exclusive series,* and/or featured on Heritage Radio Network’s “Meant To Be Eaten” (MTBE) podcast (in collaboration with host Coral Lee for a regular collaborative Gastronomica/MTBE mini-series).  

(*Note that any submissions selected only for online publication will not be indexed by Gastronomica)

Call for Submissions:

A pandemic is also a study in food. The “Dispatches” included in our forthcoming issue 20.3 on “Food in the Time of COVID-19″ (August/September 2020) confirm the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both local and global systems of food production, consumption, and distribution. In both the Global North and South, the pandemic threatens the livelihoods of millions who produce, grow, harvest, cook, serve, and distribute foods, from farmworkers to street vendors to restaurateurs. The pandemic introduces new inequalities and dynamics between producers and consumers. At the same time, people around the world are sharing new recipes and family favorites for comfort and solace, emphasizing how profoundly individuals, cities, nations, and global communities depend on food for their essential wellbeing—not only by acquiring, cooking and eating food, but also by talking, thinking and participating in ongoing dialogues about it.

The pandemic has already set in motion a transformation in the ways we research, teach, write, and think about food.

In future issues of Gastronomica, we aim to encourage collective dialogue to share ideas, research questions, methods, and pedagogical resources.

Submission guidelines:  

Submissions from all disciplines and perspectives are welcomed. For all of our submissions, but particularly for our Food Phenomena section and for the Teaching Briefs, authors should aim their writing at a general readership, using prose that is clear, vivid, and free from jargon. Gastronomica readers are based around the globe and may not be familiar with some contexts you describe.

All pieces should be submitted to our online submission platform, ScholarOne.   

Research Briefs: 

Each submission should include the following items as separate attachments:

  • Main submission: Formatted as Word Doc (no PDFs), 500-3,000 words, with “CD-19 Research Brief” included in the title.
  • Formatting style: Chicago Manual of Style, in-text citations (Author, date); double-spaced, notes/references cited at the end of the text; American spelling; italics (not underlining) for emphasis; no author name(s) affiliated.
  • Abstract: a brief (50 words or less) description of the work, including title and 5-6 keywords, including ‘COVID’; no author name(s) affiliated.
  • Short cover letter, featuring a brief biographical statement. Please include full contact information (address, phone, email) with this cover letter. 

Teaching Briefs: 

  • Formatted as Word Doc (no PDFs), 300-2,000 words, with “CD-19 Teaching Brief” included in the title.
  • Formatting style: Chicago Manual of Style, in-text citations (Author, date); double-spaced, notes/references cited at the end of the text; American spelling; italics (not underlining) for emphasis; no author name(s) affiliated.
  • Accompanying photography/artwork are also welcome (authors are responsible for clearing permissions prior to publication). 

Full submission guidelines here.