Call for Papers

Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review, No. 24, December 2019

Critical Approaches to Food Heritage in Latin America

Guest editors:

Renata Hryciuk PhD (University of Warsaw, Poland) and Ronda Brulotte PhD.(University of New Mexico, USA)

Dear Colleagues,

We invite contributions from sociocultural anthropologists and other food scholars researching the processes by which food and food-related practices are constructed as food heritage or patrimony in Mexico and Latin America. Mexico was one of the first countries, in 2010, to secure a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage designation for its cuisine and has served as a model for other countries seeking UNESCO recognition. However, it is not unique in its efforts to turn food and drink into heritage resources at regional and national levels. Throughout Latin America, government planners, preservationists, and entrepreneurs actively work to promote and conserve regional and national foodways, often in the service of tourism and other development initiatives. While such groups and institutions approach food heritage as if it were a discrete set of goods in need of safeguarding, scholars critical of the “heritagization” process argue that heritage is less an identifiable thing than a constructed discourse strategically deployed to various political, economic, or ideological ends. We encourage paper submissions to address the politics of food heritage, including local responses and even resistance to heritage discourse and politics. 

Potential themes we seek to address in this special issue include:

  • Culinary heritage vs. food heritage (patrimonio gastronómico vs. alimentario)
  • Politicization of heritage: civil society, the state and resistance/contestation
  • Heritigization of food and foodways, neoliberalism and grassroots food movements and mobilizations (e.g. Sin Maíz No Hay País in Mexico)
  • Commodification and property rights/copyrights: intellectual property/public property/communal property
  • Race & ethnicity; Indigenous and Afro-Mestizo foodways
  • Multicultural neoliberalism
  • Urban/street food heritage
  • Heritage in motion: mobility and foodscapes
  • Memory, identity and nostalgia – anthropology of food and emotions
  • Gendered foodways, gendered heritage
  • Discourses of food heritigization
  • Place-making (gastro-regionalism)
  • Tourism and food heritage
  • Food heritage and embodiment (e.g. embodied knowledge - cooking skills, lived experience of heritage)
  • The role of UNESCO, other institutions and NGOS in constructing food heritage (e.g. Conservatorio de la Cultura Gastronómica Mexicana)

 Information for Contributors: Please submit an abstract of 300 words in English or Spanish to the guest editors at and no later than October 1, 2018

The editors will communicate decisions by October 15 Revista del CESLA author guidelines and review process will apply to all manuscripts and may be accessed at:

 The articles must be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English. The full versions of the manuscripts to be submitted to the external evaluation process, must be submitted by the authors anonymously into the Open Journal System (OJS) of Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review.

 The Editorial Team of Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review will be in charge of communicating to the authors; the results of the evaluations received and sending them the comments of the external experts.

Important deadlines:

Submission of the proposals: till 1st February, 2019

Decision and comments of the reviewers: till 31st July, 2019.

Submission of the final drafts of the accepted articles (if they need correction): till 31st Auguts, 2019.

Publication: 31st December, 2019

Editorial norms

We invite all researchers interested in submitting their contributions to consult the Editorial Norms and obtain more information by consulting the journal’s website: and, if any additional information is required, please contact the Assistant Editor of Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review: E-mail: