Ecologies of Consumption: Cultures of food, Hunger and Appetite


Ecologies of Consumption: Cultures of Food, Hunger and Appetite

General Editor: Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Pomona College |

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.


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 Tompkins
Department of English
Pomona College
140 West 6th St.
Claremont, CA 91711