Monday, October 29, 2007

For the Conference Participants

As you must have noticed, the program of the 5th Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts has been posted in the previous entry at this, the Conference Blog. Please let us know if the information concerning your participation is incorrect. All participants in the Conference must be registered by Friday, December 14, 2007 to be included in the program. A printable registration form will be available at the Conference Web site, by Tuesday, November 6.

Your presentation should not exceed twenty minutes of reading time, as you will be part of a panel of three or four presenters and equal time will be allotted for each one.

If you will need audiovisual equipment for your presentation, do not forget to request it on the registration form.

The conference will start late afternoon on Thursday, February 21, and will continue until early afternoon on Saturday, February 23.

If you are interested in seeing your paper published in Convivium Artium, the conference electronic journal, please submit your manuscript electronically no later than March 14, 2008. The third issue of the journal shall be available on the web by the time of the conference.

The Radisson Hotel Market Square is offering a special conference rate of $99.00 plus taxes per night for single or double occupancy. You must contact them soon in order to get this special conference rate. San Antonio’s hotels are regularly booked many weeks in advance, and it will be difficult to find a reasonable rate later. For reservations at the Radisson Hotel Market Square call 1-800-333-3333, or (210) 224-7155 and let them know you are attending the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Food Conference. You can also make your reservations on line at The hotel’s electronic page can be seen at: .

The Radisson Hotel Market Square is across from the UTSA Downtown Campus, where most conference activities are going to take place. You will have no need for transportation to attend the Conference and to visit the main attractions in downtown San Antonio. From the airport you can take a taxi or a SATrans airport shuttle.

If you need more information, please consult the Conference Web page, the Conference Blog or contact us by phone (210 458-5186), FAX (210 458-5672, e-mail ( or regular mail (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The University of Texas at San Antonio. One UTSA Circle. San Antonio, TX 78249). We are looking forward to having you here in February, and to participate with us in what promises to be a most engaging intellectual meeting.

Santiago Daydi-Tolson
Conference Organizer

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Conference Highlights

The organization of the 5th Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts has been going slowly but steadily. A full program shall be ready and posted here within a week.

At this moment we can announce that the main speaker at the conference inaugural session on Thursday evening, February 21, 2008, will be Professor Sandra Gilbert.

Professor Wendy Barker is preparing a program for the Poetry Cafe that will be open on Friday evening, with an offering of a variety of good poetic readings on food.

The conference will meet al day Friday, Februeary 22, and the morning of Saturday 23. More than seventy speakers will be presenting their research in relation to the artistic use of food by literary authors and filmakers from different countries and periods. From Classical Greece to contemporary film, papers will address the many different uses of food imagery and food themes as significant and aesthetic components of the work of art.

As in previous conferences, participants will have the opportunity to converse with specialists in fields other than their own but equally centered in food as a subject of study and critical discusion.

San Antonio's dowtown amenities, and in special restaurants, should satisfy most participants, as the conference will meet at the downtown campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, across from the old Market and a few blocks away from the River Walk.