Plenary Speakers

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners.

Janet A. Flammang
Jessica Mudry
Bill Winders

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Janet A. Flammang
Janet A. Flammang teaches courses in U. S. politics with an emphasis on women and politics. Her current research explores the relationship between meals, conversation, community and democracy. She is the author or editor of books and journal articles on women’s politics. She worked on a NSF-funded project on city government responses to issues of moral controversy. She has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in both the American Political Science Association and the Western Political Science Association. She served as Acting Dean (half of 2001 and 2004-05) and Associate Dean (1994-2003) in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received a Phi Beta Kappa award for teaching excellence. Professor Flammang’s latest book, The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society, is reviewed by Michael Pollan in the June 10th Edition of the New York Review of Books. See http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/jun/10/food-movement-rising/ to read the review and for more information on the book.

Jessica Mudry
Jessica Mudry is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Engineering in Society at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of Measured Meals: Nutrition in America (SUNY Press, 2009) that examines role of scientific and quantitative language in crafting the idea of “nutrition” and in American federal food guides. Measured Meals won the American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic title in 2010.

She has published articles in Food, Culture & Society, Social Epistemology, Environmental Communication, and Material Culture Review.  At present, she is working on a history of the embodiment of the calorie. Her research examines how a unit formerly reserved for measuring the heat of a chemical reaction, came to be a measure of food, eaters, workouts and nations.


Bill Winders

Bill Winders is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of History, Technology, and Society, at Georgia Tech. 

Winders’ book, titled The Politics of Food Supply:  US Agricultural Policy in the World Economy, was published by Yale University Press in 2009.  This book examines the political coalitions underlying shifts in US agricultural policy during the twentieth century.

He has also published articles in journals such as Social Forces, Politics & Society, Social Problems, Journal of Agrarian Change, and Rural Sociology on topics including the politics of national policies (especially agricultural policy), voter turnout, and social movement dynamics.

Recently, his article "The Vanishing Free Market:  The Formation and Spread of the British and US Food Regimes" (Journal of Agrarian Change, 2009, 9(3):315-344) received the Bernstein & Byres Prize for Best Article in JAC in 2009.

His current research explores how liberalizing agriculture at the levels of national policy and the world economy contributed to the current food crisis.