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Food Instagram Virtual Book Launch: Emily J. H. Contois and Zenia Kish in Conversation with Contributors

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University of Illinois Press
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Aug 31, 2022   11:00 am  
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Join editors Emily J. H. Contois and Zenia Kish for a conversation with contributors Joceline Andersen, Robin Caldwell, Gaby David, Jonatan Leer, Dawn Woolley, Zara Worth about their new edited collection, Food Instagram: Identity, Influence, and Negotiation, on August 31 at 11am CT.

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About the Book:
Image by image and hashtag by hashtag, Instagram has redefined the ways we relate to food. Emily J. H. Contois and Zenia Kish edit contributions that explore the massively popular social media platform as a space for self-identification, influence, transformation, and resistance. Artists and journalists join a wide range of scholars to look at food’s connection to Instagram from vantage points as diverse as Hong Kong’s camera-centric foodie culture, the platform’s long history with feminist eateries, and the photography of Australia’s livestock producers. What emerges is a portrait of an arena where people do more than build identities and influence. Users negotiate cultural, social, and economic practices in a place that, for all its democratic potential, reinforces entrenched dynamics of power. Interdisciplinary in approach and transnational in scope, "Food Instagram" offers general readers and experts alike new perspectives on an important social media space and its impact on a fundamental area of our lives.

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EMILY J. H. CONTOIS is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa. She holds a PhD in American studies from Brown University. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture (2020). She serves on the board of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and is book review editor for Food, Culture, and Society. As a public scholar, she has written for NBC News, Jezebel, and Nursing Clio and has appeared on CBS This Morning, BBC Ideas, and Ugly Delicious on Netflix. Learn more about her work at or connect on social media (@emilycontois).

ZENIA KISH is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa. She earned her PhD in American studies at New York University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. Her work explores global digital media, sociotechnical imaginaries of food and agriculture, and philanthrocapitalism and has been published in journals including American Quarterly, Cultural Studies, and Environment and Planning A. She is a member of the Agri-Food Technology Research (AFTeR) Project and is the reviews and commentaries editor for the Journal of Cultural Economy, as well as serving on the board of the Journal of Environmental Media. She is writing a book on philanthropic media cultures.

JOCELINE ANDERSEN is Assistant Teaching Professor of Journalism, Com-munication, and New Media Studies and of English and Modern Languages at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. She holds a PhD in com-munication studies from McGill University. Her research focuses on audience reception, educational film, and Internet viewing. She is the author of Stars and Silhouettes: The History of the Cameo Role in Hollywood (2020).

ROBIN CALDWELL is an Independent Researcher and Public Historian who has transitioned from a career as a public relations and marketing specialist in the food, hospitality, and beverage space, to writing and fact-checking on the primary topic of Black culinary history. A native Midwesterner with Gullah and Geechee, Appalachian, and Creole roots, she endeavors to degeneralize racial mythologies and to humanize enslaved Africans and their descendants by writing about their everyday experiences. Visit and @robinmcaldwell on social media to learn more about Robin’s interests and re-cent projects.

GABY DAVID is a Lecturer and an Affiliated Member at Transferts Critiques anglophones (TransCrit) at the Université Paris 8. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche sur le Cinéma et l’Audiovisuel (IRCAV), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she is an active member of the research group Mo-bile Création. She holds a PhD from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and a master in fine arts from the Université Paris 8, Saint-Denis. She serves on the board of the International Visual Sociology As-sociation. She has published articles in journals including Social Media+Society, Ubiquity, and Visual Studies. She coedited a special issue of First Monday titled Shame, Shaming, and Online Image Sharing (2021) with Amparo Lasén, and is coediting #Foodporn: Les mobiles du désir (2021) with Laurence Allard. Her work explores social media, visual culture, and serious games.

JONATAN LEER holds a PhD in food culture and is Head of Food and Tourism Studies at Professionshøjskolen Absalon (University College Absalon), Roskilde, Denmark. He has published widely on food culture, notably on the New Nordic cuisine, food mediations, and the gendering of food practices. He coedited Research Methods in Digital Food Studies (2021) with Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager and Food and Media: Practices, Distinctions and Heterotopias (2016) with Karen Klitgaard Povlsen.

DAWN WOOLLEY is a Visual Artist and Research Fellow at Leeds Arts Univer-sity. She completed her PhD by practice in fine art at the Royal College of Art (2017). Her solo exhibitions include “Consumed: Stilled Lives,” Blyth Gallery, London (2018), Ffotogallery, Cardiff (2018), Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge (2017), and Dyson Gallery, London (2016); “Visual Pleasure,” Hippolyte Photography Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2013), and Vilniaus Fotografijos Galerija, Lithuania (2012). Learn more at

ZARA WORTH is an Artist and Doctoral Researcher at Leeds Beckett University. Recent exhibitions include “Fields of Perception,” THE CUBE, London (2018); “Zara Worth: FEED,” Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne (2018); “Instagram Expo,” Atelier, Montreal; “AVBody,” Judaica Project at the University of Huddersfield (2018); “Four Words,” Platform, Leeds (2017). Worth was an Engagement Art-ist for the 2019 “Yorkshire Sculpture International” festival of sculpture. Learn more at

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