The daily meal is site of continuity and dramatic change in the long twentieth century. This two-day interdisciplinary conference, organized jointly by the McCord Museum and McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada, will bring together scholars in food history, nutrition, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and material culture to discuss aspects of culinary history as reflected in the daily meal.
The conference will focus on – but not be limited to – Canadian topics, with a particular focus on Montreal and Quebec, especially those touching on the historical impact of Canadian food policy on the daily meal, regional and cultural diversity, and the impact of mechanical, packaging, and product innovation. Themes that extend beyond the borders of Quebec and Canada might include the way food practice in France, Britain and the United States influenced the daily meal in Canada, points of intersection and divergence between food practice in Canada and the United States, the relocation of the daily meal from domestic to public space, and the outsourcing of responsibility for preparing that meal.
Papers are invited in English and French. Proposals should be 250 words in length and accompanied by a c.v. Submit proposals by March 1, 2005. Those interested in chairing a session are also invited to forward a c.v.
This colloquium is contingent upon a pending application for funds. It will take place on November 3-4, 2005 at the McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal, Quebec.
What’s for Dinner: The Daily Meal Through History is the fourth in a series of colloquia initiated by the McCord Museum. This series aims to foster scholarly interaction between the museum world and the academic realm, and is held in conjunction with a series of events and activities on the themes of food policy and food history to be held in Montreal in 2005-6.
Prof. Nathalie Cooke
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
McCord Museum of Canadian History
(514) 398-7100, ext. 239
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