English and Journalism


EGO Conference Poster 2013



The English Graduate Organization (EGO) of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals for our tenth annual EGO Conference in Macomb, IL on October 25 – October 26. We are interested in the production, consumption and the symbolism of the culinary within and beyond English Studies.  Our conference will feature a keynote speech by Dr. David B. Goldstein entitled “Toward a Skeptical Ethics of Eating: Shakespeare, Montaigne, Levinas.”

Our keynote speaker, Dr. David B. Goldstein (PhD, Stanford University), is an associate professor of English and coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at York University in Toronto, Canada.   He has published articles on Emmanuel Levinas and eating, Titus Andronicus and American cannibalism, and Martha Stewart and domestic labor. His forthcoming works on food and hospitality include a scholarly monograph Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (Fall 2013) and the SEL article “The Price of Pork: Jews, Scots, and Pigs in The Merchant of Venice” (2014). In addition, Dr. Goldstein is a widely published poet and a founding member of the Wa-KOW! art collective. A former restaurant critic and journalist, his food writing has appeared in SAVEUR, The New York Sun, and numerous other publications.

Paper topics (both creative and critical) may include, but are not limited to the following:



Colonization and food

Consumption and Consumerism

Cooking in popular culture

Culinary histories

Culinary intersectionality

Culinary Travelogues

Cultures of the Raw

Ethics of food
Excess and overindulgence
Food and consuming motifs in literature
Food and Globalization

Food in visual culture
Gender and food


Landscapes of Food
Pedagogy of Food and Eating

Psychology and/of food
Representations of the culinary in film

Rhetoric of food
Rituals of consumption & abstinence

Socioeconomics of fictional cuisine




The EGO conference intends to explore all areas of English Studies, including pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. Furthermore, we welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage scholars from all areas of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who have an interest in food or consumption-related studies to submit proposals.

Please send 250-word abstracts (and any questions) to ego@wiu.edu by September 5. Deadline extended to September 27, 2013.

We also welcome submissions by post: English Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.

For further information, please visit our website: www. wiu.edu/cas/english_and_journalism/ego/