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Priya Mani is a designer and cultural researcher working to create gastronomical experiences. She is based in Copenhagen. She explores and writes on how people use everyday technology, migration and food and digital democracy in emerging economies. In her carrier, over the past 20 years, she has pursued the craft of culture, through textiles, technology and food. She is particularly interested in the human factor and has worked for over a decade in the area of design and innovation across industries. In the context of food, she has worked with large corporates and researched extensively on many aspects of food – development of traditional diets, choices, consumption, diabetes and obesity.

Priya started her career as a cultural anthropologist, living, studying and documenting the Toda tribe in the Nilgiris for many years. She worked with UNESCO Parzor, studying Parsi heirloom textiles and authoring the very first monograph on Parsi Zoroastrian textiles. She subsequently wrote as a textile scholar for Peonies and Pagodas, Parsi Textiles in the Tapi Collection. (T&H, 2010)

Since 2008, she has led research projects for many Danish companies like on various aspects of food consumption, the culture of the pantry and cooking and its impact on health. She is the author of many seminal reports on design and innovation in the public sector in Denmark.

Priya is a first-time symposiast though she has followed the proceedings for over 2 decades. This year she is presenting a paper on Stone Flower, a secret spice used in Indian spice blends. She will be part of a panel discussion on Spices in Indian food on 26th July 2020.

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