Pre-recorded presentations on: The Recipe as Text

We have all been frustrated by the recipe that "doesn't work," whether inartfully drafted or through our own mistakes. But what is the role of the text, given that cooking…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Objects of Curiosity

Challenging rule-driven food practices, redefining rules of etiquette and where trends, traditions, and rules for food come from, this panel investigates unconventional dining, cultural symbolism, and the playful nature of…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Finding Home

Finding familiar foods when one is away from home, especially when part of a diaspora community, can challenge the outsider to find new ways of enacting innate rituals to maintain…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Hospitality

These papers explore how French writers have deeply engrained notions of what hospitality is (or should be) and have trained gimlet eyes on those opening their homes and establishments to…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Foreign Holidays

Holiday foods are often thought the most conservative: certain foods (or their close analogues) must be eaten to commemorate tradition. But when populations move or new powers become a dominant…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Gastro-Ethnography

These (partially) observational studies explore dining rules and rituals as expressions of life skills, whether metaphoric or literal. The Holocaust survivors (over)feed grandchildren to ward away acute hardships, the Oxford…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Racialized Environments

Discourses around what we "should" eat can be metonyms for larger cultural issues. In the case of meat traditions versus vegetarianism/veganism, racial, religious, and social justice tensions lie just under…

Pre-recorded presentations on: Sacred Spaces

The adage, 'cleanliness is next to godliness' frames ways in which sacred and carnal spaces can share common ground. The secular but conspicuously cathedral-like architecture of the Smithfield Market is…