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Spaces for Eating

Feast is currently looking for contributions for its fourth online edition on the theme of Spaces for Eating. The final publication in a series exploring the larger framework of Setting the Table, Spaces for Eating looks to investigate the architecture, environments and landscapes in which food is prepared, purchased and consumed.

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Considering Spaces for Eating as both physical, virtual and imaginary sites of consumption, the edition looks to explore the spaces used, designed or designated for the consumption of food, from both contemporary and historical perspectives, reflecting on the ways that such spaces inform and reflect varied rituals of eating and associated activities —  from dining communally to dining intimately or alone. Whether it is the domestic space of the kitchen table, the public site of the café or bar, or an imagined setting, the environments we eat in are inherently more than just ‘spaces for food’. Pursuing places of consumption as expressions of cultural value, tradition, and changing fashions the edition aims to gather a range of reflections and critical commentaries that explore our ongoing construction of ‘Spaces for Eating’ and our changing relationships to their differing forms.

We are seeking contributions that broadly and creatively discuss and respond to the given theme by exploring associations, analyzing histories or constructing new narratives of ‘Spaces for Eating’. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Formal and informal eating environments — for example the workplace, the cinema, the picnic, the fairground, the camp fire, etc.
  • Public and private spaces of eating and their corresponding rituals of dining.
  • Histories of etiquette and class in relation to specific eating environments.
  • ‘Spaces for Eating’ as settings or frameworks in literature and film
  • Questions of gender, labour and age in relation to certain ‘Spaces for Eating’ — the female ‘domestic space’ and the male ‘professional kitchen’, the dinner ladies of school canteens, and the teenagers of burger bars.
  • Representations of ‘Spaces for Eating’ and their role in popular culture – the American diner, the family restaurant, the hotel, the coffee shop etc.
  • The architecture and design of eating environments and their reflection and molding of shifting fashions
  • The virtual space of TV cookery programmes, online food blogs and social media photography.

We welcome contributions from across the disciplines of literature, visual culture, contemporary art and history and encourage cross-disciplinary and creative responses in the form of reviews, creative writing, academic essays, and art works. Reflecting the eclectic nature of the previous editions, contributions are invited in the form of:

  • academic essays (4-6000 words)
  • creative writing and fiction (1000 – 4000 words)
  • recipes (500-1500 words)
  • visual artworks (5 images maximum submitted in pdf format)
  • reviews of events, exhibitions or film works that incorporate a discussion relating to Spaces of Eating (1000-1500 words)

Complete submissions should be sent to the editors by Friday 20thOctober 2017.

Submissions selected for publication will be peer-reviewed


To submit your contribution for consideration in Feast please send full articles/texts with accompanying images, with obtained permissions to

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission complies with the following guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • You have permissions to use all pictures, images, reprinted material and adapted material contained in the article. Authors are responsible for securing copyright permissions relating to images and are able to provide documentation of image licensing and copyright if requested.
  • You have adhered to the Oxford reference style. Placing all references as endnotes  - 

Books: Author’s full name, Title. City of publication: name of publisher, date, numbers.  

Articles in Books: Author’s full name, ‘title of article or chapter’ in author name edited, Book Title. City of publication: name of publisher, date, numbers of article (page no. of reference). 

Journal articles: Author’s full name, ‘title of article’, Title of Journal, Issue no. (date), numbers. 

Online articles: Author’s full name, ‘title of article’, Title of Journal, date. webaddress [accessed day month year].

  • Any notes in addition to the main article should be numbered consecutively and submitted as endnotes. Do not use smaller type for notes. For citations of periodicals, include volume, number, and full date of the issue.
  • All quotes of 30 words or more are indented. 
  • All text is 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced and justified. All pages should be numbered with numbers appearing in the bottom right hand corner of each page.
  • The submitted file is in word format and does not exceeding 5MB.
  • Accompanying images, illustrations and photographs are in JPEG (JPG) format (max of 5 per academic paper) and are submitted separately - not inserted into the main body of text.
  • Captions for illustrations should include:
  • Caption number Artist Title (in italics) date medium (on support, if applicable) dimensions in centimeters (1 inch = 2.54 cm) Name of collection (if applicable) City of collection (if applicable) Copyright or permissions details
  • Papers should be 4-6000 words, reviews, 1000-1500, recipes and creative writing 500-1,500 
  • Academic Papers should include a bibliography in Oxford referencing style.
  • All submissions should include an accompanying biography of no more than 120 words detailing your current research interests, visual art projects and education in conjunction with your article.
  • Please include a coversheet for the submission, which should detail the author or artist’s name, the title of the submission, mailing and e-mail address, and telephone number.

All papers will undergo a double peer review by Feast editors and members of the peer review panel that includes Dr. Joshua Abrams, Dr. Kiff Bamford, Will Carr Deputy Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, Dr. Bryce Evans, Senior Lecture in Cultural History Liverpool Hope University, Dr. Kit Poulson Senior Lecturer Fine Art University of the West of England, Dr. Rachel Rich Senior Lecturer, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities Leeds Beckett University, Dr. Rosemary Shirley, Senior Lecturer in Art History, Manchester School of Art and Kaye Winwood curator and honorary research associate at the University of Birmingham. 

When submissions are accepted they will be formatted and styled in relation to Feast’s website design.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.