vol 40 2014 Issue 40-1 Issue 40-2 Issue 40-3
Issue 40-2

Special Issue: Food and Ecology

This special issue of Feminist Studies brings nuanced and critical perspectives to the topic of food and ecology, focusing both on global campaigns for gender justice regarding food and natural resources and on some unintended consequences of feminist ecological activism. Laura Anh Williams’s opening essay encapsulates several contemporary themes in her queer ecofeminist engagement with the politics of meat eating. The mix of food and politics—in fact, the necessary if unseen connections between food and politics—are also foregrounded in two review essays that take intersectional approaches to their subjects, Arlene Avakian’s discussion of feminist food memoirs and Psyche Williams-Forson and Jennifer Cognard Black’s essay on food politics. Melanie Dawson makes pedagogical use of such current scholarship in her interdisciplinary college course on literature and environmental feminism. Another cluster of articles engages with the labor of food production, tying it in innovative ways to consumption practices. Carolyn Sachs and Anouk Patel-Campillo’s essay calls for a new vision of feminist food justice that incorporates food security, food sovereignty, and food justice in contrast to individualizing neoliberal approaches. Neoliberal approaches, even including supposedly progressive Fair Trade regulations, can sometimes have disruptive consequences for smallholder women tea farmers, as Debarati Sen describes. Eileen Boris and Jennifer N. Fish discuss efforts to take the labor of maids and nannies out of isolating family contexts and to use international organizations and cultural representations to press for more egalitarian global labor standards for domestic workers. Creative work featured in this issue also engages the themes of food and ecology: Barbara Sjoholm’s art essay about Emilie Demant Hatt describes Hatt’s growing affinity with indigenous Sami herders and hunters and their influence on her striking expressionist paintings. The featured poems by Lauren Camp and Kelly Conroy and the short story by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan expand our imaginative possibilities for engaging with eating and body image.





Laura Anh Williams
Gender, Race, and an Epistemology of the Abattoir in My Year of Meats
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Arlene Avakian
Cooking Up Lives: Feminist Food Memoirs (Review Essay)
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Psyche Williams-Forson and Jennifer Cognard-Black
Where Are the Women in Contemporary Food Studies? Ruminations on Teaching Gender and Race in the Food Studies Classroom (Review Essay)
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Melanie Dawson
Constructing an Interdisciplinary Course on Literature and Environmental Feminism
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Barbara Sjoholm
The Art of Recalling: Lapland and the Sami in the Art of Emilie Demant Hatt and Johan Turi (Art Essay)
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Carolyn Sachs and Anouk Patel-Campillo
Feminist Food Justice: Crafting a New Vision
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Eileen Boris and Jennifer N. Fish
“Slaves No More”: Making Global Labor Standards for Domestic Workers
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Debarati Sen
Fair Trade vs. Swaccha Vyāpār: Women’s Activism and Transnational Justice Regimes in Darjeeling, India
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News and Views

  • Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein
    The Fate of Care Worker Unionism and the Promise of Domestic Worker Organizing: An Update
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  • Nivedita Menon
    A Uniform Civil Code in India:
    The State of the Debate in 2014
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Creative work
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  • Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
     The Anvil (Short Story)
  • Lauren Camp
     Lighten; Anyone Else;
     Woman’s Body with Birds (Poetry)
  • Kelly Conroy
     WWII Factory (Poetry)


Cover Art

Front cover: Emilie Demant Hatt, Ice Bridge Over the River, 1940. Courtesy of Nordiska Museet, Stockholm. Photograph by Peter Segemark.

Back cover: Emilie Demant Hatt, Dawn, 1946. Courtesy of Nordiska Museet, Stockholm. Photograph by Peter Segemark.

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