"Culinary Evolutions"

28-29 March 2020 – London, UK

organised by

London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

Food is a basic foundation of culture and society, it is vital to our health and well-being and it plays a significant role in our everyday creative engagement with nature. The shifts in activities surrounding food acquisition, preparation and consumption are not only essential for learning a culinary tradition but for examining a broader societal change.

This conference will explore food as a complex cultural product, an indicator of social, religious and political identity. It will focus on people's relationship with food and discuss how food choices are determined by historical period, region, class, gender, kinship and/or ethnicity.

The conference will approach the study of food across a range of disciplines such as history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, culture studies, politics, economics, medicine, biology, psychology, etc.

Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • Food systems and diets
  • Eating/drinking habits and etiquettes
  • Food and rituals
  • Cooking/eating spaces
  • Culinary professions
  • Food and health
  • Food and power
  • Hunger, starvation, and malnutrition
  • Dangerous foods and poisons
  • Cookbooks and food magazines 
  • Culinary festivals and TV shows
  • Food in social media
  • Food as pleasure
  • Gastronomic tourism
  • Food, biodiversity and sustainability
  • Agriculture and food technology
  • Food safety and quality

Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 20 November 2019 to: food@lcir.co.uk. Please download Paper proposal form.

Standard registration fee – 180 GBP      Student registration fee – 160 GBP

Provisional conference venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX