The Craft Critique Culture Conference is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year’s conference will explore the boundaries that can challenge and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship through an inquiry into reckoning with appetite.This year, the conference will feature keynote speaker Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at Pomona College. Dr. Tompkins is a former food writer and restaurant critic. Today, as a scholar of 19th-century U.S. literature with a continuing interest in the relationship between food and culture, she writes about the connections between literature and a wide range of topics: food, eating, sexuality, race, culture, film and dance.
Her 2012 book, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century, received the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association and tied for the Best Book in Food Studies Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.
Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center, Graduate College, College of Education, UI Libraries, James O. Freedman Fund, Carver Fund, Graduate & Professional Student Government, UI Student Government, School of Library & Information Science, School of Art & Art History, Writers' Workshop, and the Departments of English, Anthropology, Communication Studies, Cinematic Arts, History, Dance, and Religious Studies.