Next symposium

5 – 7 July at St Catherine’s College, Oxford/UK
and 14 – 29 July Online (dates tbc)

Our 2024 theme can encompass a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, ranging from art and the humanities through the physical, biological and social sciences, to the realms of the policy-maker and, especially, the practitioner laboring in the kitchen, orchard, or garden. Symposiasts voted for “Gardens, Flowers, & Fruits” at the conclusion of our (exclusively online) 2021 symposium: it was an optimistic moment, with a fresh, almost spring-like sense of renewal as the pandemic was slowly receding, yet it was cast against the backdrop of how quickly our fragile lifestyles can change. Our selection of “Gardens, Flowers, & Fruits” reflects that precarious balance, celebrating the joys of the natural world while conscious of the significant stresses in our environment.

Paper proposals for 2024 are now invited

The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery invites anyone with an interest in food and its history to submit a paper for consideration. The Symposium maintains high standards regarding content, however has a longstanding tradition of quirky openness to all things, including seemingly non-academic topics. To learn more about the process and requirements click the button below.

Book Your Place

Tickets for our next Symposium will be released in December. Join our mailing list to be among the first to know.

What to expect

An immersive Weekend and beyond

The Weekend will be a full-time immersion in gatherings for keynote talks, papers, meals as well as educational and other inspiring activities. Online, recordings, additional content, panel discussions and social meetings will then follow during the Conference, until the Grande Online-Finale of the Symposium.

A symposium for everyone

We anticipate a high level of enthusiasm, so will be limiting places to allow all participants to make their voices heard. The Symposium has always been a coming-together rather than setting-apart: Admission will be, as usual, first-come first-served, no academic qualifications required.

Awards, grants & prizes

We have a number of assisted places, student rates, awards, grants and prizes that all applicants should endeavour to consult before registering their place. More details will be released when the tickets go on sale.

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