The Boston University History Department is pleased to announce that registration is open for its first Food and the City Conference on Friday, February 24 and Saturday February 25, 2012. This two-day conference welcomes scholars from a broad range of disciplines to explore the history of the relationship between food and cities within a global framework. When registering on the conference website (http://www.bu.edu/history/news-events/conferences/food-and-the-city-conference/), you can see the tentative conference program.
Two keynote speakers, Dr. Ken Albala from the University of the Pacific, and Dr. Warren Belasco from the University of Maryland at Baltimore will provide their views of the history of urban food systems from their respective disciplines. Dr. Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific. He is the author of many books on food including Eating Right in the Renaissance, Food in Early Modern Europe, Cooking in Europe 1250-1650, The Banquet, Beans: A History (winner of the 2008 IACP Jane Grigson Award), and Pancake. Dr. Belasco Warren Belasco is a professor of American studies at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. He is the author of Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food (University of California Press, 2006), Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry (Pantheon Books, 1989; Cornell University Press, 1993, 2007), and Americans on the Road: From Autocamp to Motel, 1910–1945 (MIT Press, 1979).
BU’s School of Gastronomy and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future will offer additional programming including an international food exhibition and a panel on potential problems and solutions for urban food systems.
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