Call for Papers Global Food History-2020 Special Issue WWII Food Rationing in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth

8 May 2019

Call for Papers

Global Food History-2020 Special Issue

WWII Food Rationing in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth

Before World War II, Britain occupied the center of a vast food network, stretching from Asia to the Americas. However, the start of the war signaled alterations in the interdependence of this food system, creating new patterns as well as ruptures in the links between Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth. German U-boat activities and tonnage losses, shifts in shipping space to accommodate military hardware and personnel, and alterations in agricultural production led to the redirection, reduction and reconfiguration of consumables and foodways throughout the Empire and the Commonwealth. Each nation in this intricate, global web experienced the altered food situation differently. Many countries, including Britain, instituted food rationing to combat fluctuating food levels and food insecurity, while other parts of the Empire had rationing thrust upon it by enemy occupiers.

Next year, 2020, will mark the 80th anniversary of the introduction of food rationing on the British home front during the Second World War. In recognition of this historic event, Global Food History is putting out a call for papers to construct a special journal issue which will explore the complexities of food rationing in Britain and the countries of the Empire and Commonwealth during WWII.  We are interested in examining this issue from national and personal perspectives. We invite abstracts for articles covering any topic related to the theme of food rationing in Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Gender, Race, Class
  • Food insecurity, inequality and exploitation
  • Memory
  • Propaganda
  • Alterations in food rituals and customs
  • Negotiation and ways of resistance

Proposals should be submitted to Kelly Spring ( by June 1st, 2019 and include the following:

  • Title of proposed article
  • Abstract with approximate word count of article (maximum 500 words)
  • Biographical information (short CV)
  • Contact information (e-mail, telephone and postal address)

Applicants will be notified about the journal’s decision by June 15th, 2019.

Accepted articles for the special issue will be due by January 1st, 2020.

The special issue will be published in February 2020.

*Note that a typical paper for this journal should be no more than 8,000 words, inclusive of tables, references, figure captions, endnotes.

Global Food History is a peer-reviewed, academic journal with an international scope, presenting new research in food history from the foremost scholars in the field. The journal welcomes original articles covering any period from prehistory to the present and any geographical area, including transnational and world histories of food. Submissions on subjects relating to and from contributors outside of Europe and North America are particularly welcomed.