Second Printing!

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Racial Indigestion has entered its second printing, and with full color insert again. My latte runneth over. You can buy Racial Indigestion here, on kindle here and at an independent bookstore, here.

New Book Series! Ecologies of Consumption: Cultures of Food, Hunger and Appetite

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I am excited to let people know that I have started a new book series with NYU Press, entitled Ecologies of Consumption: Cultures of Food, Hunger and Appetite. The series is aimed at pushing the limits of food studies as a field. Consider sending in your proposals! I will be taking meetings at the American Studies Association conference. 

Ecologies of Consumption will publish interdisciplinary scholarship in food studies, with particular attention to work that expands the boundaries of the field. We are interested in research that interrogates the relationship between production and consumption, as well as projects that explore the definitional boundaries of food itself.
 
The circulation of food and labor between continents was at the heart of colonialism and thus conditional to the birth of biopolitics and agribusiness; hunger and plenitude continue to be unevenly mapped onto that colonial history. Building on a materialist understanding of this history, this series asks: How does what is edible become palatable? How has the meaning of food and eating changed over time? What, given the current planetary crisis, will eating and food become?
 
This series will track shifts in the global and transnational politics of food, hunger and eating as they map onto older circuits of trade and empire. Scholarship will investigate the texture, flavor, and sensorial affects that adhere to eating as well as hunger, life as well as death. We seek to publish work that explores the material world as it is shaped between humans, animals and the biological.
 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
 
Submissions should take the form of a 3-5 page proposal outlining the intent and scope of the project, its merits in comparison to existing texts, and the audience it is designed to reach. You should also include a detailed Table of Contents, 2-3 sample chapters, and a current copy of your curriculum vitae. Please refer to NYU Press’s submission guidelines.
 
Please send submission materials to:
 
Kyla Wazana Tompkins
℅ Department of English
Pomona College
140 West 6th St.
Claremont, CA 91711

Lora Romero First Book Prize

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I am utterly humbled to announce that my book Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century won the Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association. Lora Romero was feminist faculty at Stanford where I did my doctoral work so that makes this award especially gratifying and moving. I’m just amazed; I hope to use my work to earn the right to have my name listed below hers.

Lora Romero, presente.

Above is a picture of morcilla, a kind of blood sausage made in Puerto Rico. The idea of innards, guts and offal is central to one of my upcoming projects, a co-edited special issue of GLQ: The Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, entitled On The Visceral. The cfp has its own tumblr here. Please visit: the deadline for abstracts is February 15th. High-res

Above is a picture of morcilla, a kind of blood sausage made in Puerto Rico. The idea of innards, guts and offal is central to one of my upcoming projects, a co-edited special issue of GLQ: The Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, entitled On The Visceral. The cfp has its own tumblr here. Please visit: the deadline for abstracts is February 15th.

The introduction to Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in The Nineteenth Century lays out the fundamentals of my argument and the outline of the chapters. You can find it here.

The introduction to Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in The Nineteenth Century lays out the fundamentals of my argument and the outline of the chapters. You can find it here.

Eating Race

A few months ago the latest scandal related to an image that I have spent quite a few years researching and writing about - the African or African-American body as an edible object exploded into the media. The New York University Press blog On The Square asked me to contribute a piece, which is linked above.