Food Studies Journal Award

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Food Studies Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 5

Tradition and Modernity: Industrial Food, Women, and Visual Culture in 1950s and 1960s Italy

The article seeks to reinvent the boundaries of visual studies by employing hybrid methodologies. In order to portray the difficult negotiation of tradition and modernity in post-WWII Italian food culture, I rely on a variety of documents and critical approaches.

A close reading of select images is rooted in art history, which is my primary field of expertise. Similarly, my art historical background is revealed by the frequent comparisons between illustrations and advertisements with various artistic sources, from Piero della Francesca to Mondrian.

Beyond referring to visual materials, the text includes quotes from seminal Italian novelists, such as Bianciardi and Calvino, whose work helps us understand possible subjective experiences at a time of collective social change.

My article also pairs art history with the use of qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis borrowed from the social sciences. By looking at both individual responses and statistical data, I paint a multilayered overview of Italian post-war food culture through images and their reception.

Past Award Winners

Volume 4

"Good" Food as Family Medicine: Problems of Dualist and Absolutist Approaches to "Healthy" Family Foodways

Julie M. Parsons, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, 1-13

Volume 3

A Program to Increase Dietary Consumption of Plant-based Foods among University Students

Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, 57-63

Volume 2

GM Foods Regulation: Coming to Terms with the Lay Conception of Risk

Lyne Letourneau, Olga Carolina Cardenas Gomez, and Vincent Richard, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, 15-29

Volume 1

Food-Away-From-Home (FAFH) Expenditure Patterns for Ghanaian Urban Households: Effects of Income, Gender and Household Demographics

Robert Aidoo, Kwasi Ohene-Yankyera, and Vincent Abankwah, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, 1-14