Boston University Metropolitan College - Gastronomy Department Call For Papers: Foodies on The Web: A Symposium on Food and New Media January 30-31, 2009 Boston University Boston, MA Many have argued that the Internet and the arrival of Web 2.0 (if there is such a thing) have created new forms of web-based community and interpersonal communications. This has extended into the world of food with the rise of popular food blogs, community- based websites such as Chowhound, Yelp and Citysearch, and other forms of information sharing and collaboration (e.g. YouTube, Wikis, TasteBook, and so forth).
The goal of the Symposium on Food and New Media is to explore how, if at all, these new technologies have changed the way people eat, cook, share recipes, decide where to have dinner, learn about nutrition, or simply think about food? Topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to, the following: Blogging Community building tools such as Yelp, Chowhound and Citysearch Online shopping (artisanal products, cooking tools, eBay, etc.) Wikis Web Video: YouTube, How-to 9s Video, Web-based or other games (Cooking Mama, Diner Dash, Food Fight) Non-digital interactive forms such as interactive installations or museum exhibits We welcome all perspectives, including: Explorations ... more. less.
or critiques of the above technologies or tools Discussions of legitimacy and authority around the question, who gets to write about food? What is the role of a restaurant critic and food writer in the age of the web?<br><br> Historical perspectives in terms of how these new forms of communication fit with or extend from more traditional forms: recipe books, restaurant criticism, newspaper columns, food TV, etc? Discussion of the ways these developments are seen as a threat to "traditional" media (i.e. TV, magazines and newspapers) and to "traditional" trades (i.e.<br><br> restaurant critic, recipe writer, food writer, etc) 1 Boston University Metropolitan College - Gastronomy Department 2 Submission Procedure: Abstracts for Papers Due Date: September 15, 2008 All proposals should include: Title of proposed paper Author 9s name, organizational affiliation, telephone number, e-mail and mailing address Abstract of 250 3 500 words describing the proposed paper Author 9s CV All paper proposals should be submitted to Boston University 9s Gastronomy Department via e-mail to: email@example.com . Abstracts should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments, if possible. All proposals sent by e-mail will be acknowledged within one week of receipt.<br><br> Notification of the status of proposals will be sent by September 30, 2008. Note: Speakers will be responsible for their own travel and lodging; any registration fees will be waived. <br><br>