Biennial ICREFH symposium, 17-19 September 2013, Brussels
The focus of the symposium is on the theme of food at the major exhibitions in the 19th and 20th century. Food plays a crucial role in these events, in many appearances: visitors eat and drink, officials are offered banquets, food manufacturers display their products, sanitary and administrative legislation is decreed to guarantee food safety and scientists meet to discuss hygiene or innovative production processes. Moreover, it seems that some nations utilize food and drink to shape and express (corporate, urban, regional or national) identity. As such, food offers the perfect tool to investigate the construction of national or corporate sentiments.
World exhibitions allow the investigation of economic, social, cultural, and political issues of food, with confrontations and exchanges within Europe and between Europe and other continents. This also touches upon exoticism, prejudices, innovation, and entertainment.
The aim of the symposium is to provide better insight into the economic, social, cultural,and political issues of food practices and the recent evolutions in European food habits and food cultures (e.g. internationalization) as a result of the confrontations and exchanges within Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world.
The registration fee is € 5/day. Free registration for students.
Confirmed speakers include: Alain Drouard (Sorbonne, Paris), Van Troi Tran (Laval University, Quebec), Christophe Verbruggen (UGent -Ghent University, Ghent), Jocelyne Dudding (Cambridge University, Cambridge), Derek Oddy (University of Westminster, London. The complete programme and registration form can be found on the website below.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
+32 2 629 1277
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