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Vegetarian Epiphanies: From Realization to Changing Eating Habits

A Joint International and Interdisciplinary Conference

April 16th-17th, 2020 (TIME TBD) - Université de Rennes 1, Université Rennes 2, France
May 28th-29th, 2020 (TIME TBD) - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

The Research Team Anglophonie: Communautés et Écritures at Université Rennes 2, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Research Team Centre de Recherche en Économie et Management, Université de Rennes 1, and the University of California, Santa Barbara will host a conference entitled "Vegetarian Epiphanies: From Realization to Changing Eating Habits" in April (Rennes) and May 2020 (Santa Barbara).

Understood in a secular sense, "epiphany" refers to a moment of powerful insight that brings new understanding—flash of revelation with lasting consequences. The term can aptly describe some experiences of vegetarian awakening. "Epiphanies" of this sort seem to have multiplied in Western countries in recent years, as exemplified by French Veggie Pride, Paul McCartney's British Meat Free Monday, the American documentaries Earthlings and Cowspiracy, and in the ever-expanding range of plant-based meat alternatives found in Western supermarkets.

Our joint conference aims to investigate this phenomenon in an academic setting. Why is it more common now to eliminate animal flesh (vegetarianism), to keep any animal products from one’s diet (dietary veganism), or to prohibit the use of any animal products for food, clothing, or any other purpose (ethical veganism)?

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