Saturday, 23 January, 2021

The picture of people sharing meals in special occasions with friends and loved ones through video conferencing applications is perhaps just one out of many new observable eating practices in the recent period of social distancing.

Not so long ago, people were not so fond of preparing meals and/or having them at home. Grocery logistics, as well as sanitizing practices, established as a requirement for the crossing of both material and symbolic borders between the street and the house, now need to follow a number of unprecedented protocols, in order to comply with regulations that restrict circulation of people and things in public spaces, with the rationing of allegedly scarce goods, or even with prophylactic measures agreed upon within each family or co-living group.

Rumor has that the pandemic originated in so-called exotic foods, consumed by people living on the other side of the planet, supposedly not subject to health practices deemed appropriate by the agrifood industry.

Not so far, hungers comes back to haunt the daily lives of an increasingly broad parcel of the population, which has become even more vulnerable in face of the reduced income as a result of COVID-19.

Although these reflections about the relationship between food and culture are long known as good food for thought, based on the observation of eating habits from a privileged point of view to understand social relationships, this special issue of the Magazine of Food and Culture in the Americas proposes to receive contributions that seek to shed lights that allow us to better understand our societies in times of pandemic, from many points of views associated with food.

In addition to articles and essays, narratives of lived experiences (up to 5 pages) will be also accepted for publication in this dossier of the magazine.

Photographs and / or photographic essays that illustrate the subject of the dossier will also be welcome.

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