LINGUIST List 33.2452

Wed Aug 10 2022

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 26-Jul-2022
From: Sofia Rüdiger <>
Subject: Dude food and chick beer: Linguistic and semiotic perspectives on nutrition as a gendered cultural practice
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Full Title: Dude food and chick beer: Linguistic and semiotic perspectives on nutrition as a gendered cultural practice

Date: 09-Jul-2023 - 14-Jul-2023
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Sofia Rüdiger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2022

Meeting Description:

Food and drink, and consumption more generally, is deeply linked to cultural practice, and to the negotiation of social status and other aspects of social identities. This connection is entrenched in classical sociological theory (Veblen; Bourdieu), and has been increasingly explored in linguistics in recent years. Thus linguistic approaches to food practices (Rüdiger and Mühleisen 2020; Tovares and Gordon 2020) have highlighted how social status and categories of belonging are talked into being around practices of food and drink consumption (e.g. Silverstein 2003 on wine talk and status anxiety; Cotter and Valentinsson 2018 on bivalent class indexing in specialty coffee discourse; Mapes 2020 on palatable eliteness; Schneider 2020 on third wave coffee and cosmopolitan discourse).
However, the gendered dimension of food and drink talk has so far received less attention. In cultural and social theory, approaches such as Contois’ (2018, 2020, 2021) work on food and masculinity have pointed to these connections: ideologies of gender are cast upon practices of eating and drinking, from gendered product ranges and eating places to gendered assumptions and regimes of un/healthy eating, dieting and cooking (see also Bouvier & Chen 2021).
In a similar vein, foodie culture and practices have been shown to perpetuate the performance of stereotypical, classed femininities and masculinities, while also allowing an escape from them, particularly for women (Cairns, Johnston and Baumann 2010). Dichotomous gendered eating practices have also been observed in the context of fitness magazines (Fuller, Briggs and Dillon-Sumner 2012). In addition, cookbooks authored by female chefs emphasize aspects of hegemonic femininity such as care for self and others, while concurrently offering competing discourses of self-fulfillment and independence (Matwick 2017).
In this panel, we aim to gather further perspectives on the nexus between gender and food-and-drinks talk. We are particularly interested in discursive, multimodal, material and embodied ways of doing gendered food talk: How are products made, packaged, marketed and sold? How are eating and drinking spaces discursively styled towards gender binaries? How are gendered characterological figures inscribed into cooking and eating practices? What linguistic and semiotic repertoires are used to construct male and female bodies in the context of eating and drinking? How are gendered food identities of the self discursively constructed and how do these emerge in interactions? These and related questions are the scope of our panel.

Panel Organizers
Theresa Heyd (University of Greifswald)
Sofia Rüdiger (University of Bayreuth)
Janina Wildfeuer (University of Groningen)
Kristina Bedijs (Studienzentrum der EKD für Genderfragen)

Call for Papers:

We invite all contributions targeting linguistic theory and practice of gendered food and drinks talk. In particular, we welcome contributions addressing pragmatic and discursive, sociolinguistic and multimodal aspects of gender and consumption.

Abstracts (min. 250 and max. 500 words) should be submitted via the IPrA conference website ( until 1 November 2022. The submission system will allow you to make a panel selection. More information on the submission process can be found at

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