At this interdisciplinary workshop researchers and practitioners will share diverse expertise relevant to what is at stake when people gather to eat. A tremendously rich set of factors converge in meals, affecting the meaning, pleasures and healthiness of daily life, the transmission and vitality of cultures, and the sustainability and fairness of large-scale food policies and practices. This workshop aims to integrate our understanding of these factors, with the hope of developing ideas for a ‘future of meals’ that is well-informed, is ethical and makes the most of meals’ experiential, creative and cultural potential.
10.00 – 10.30 Dr Rosemary Collier (Director, Warwick Crop Centre) – sustainable agriculture
10.30 – 11.00 Dr Carol Bryce (Warwick Sociology PhD) – the family meal as ideal: negotiating good motherhood through food
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 11.45 Dr Moya Kneafsey (Human Geography, Coventry University) – local food supply chains and connecting producers and consumers
11.45 – 12.15 Dr Zeina Ghandour (Law, Birkbeck; SOAS Food Studies Associate) – food, culture and colonialism, with a focus on the Middle East
12.15 – 12.45 Dr Tim White (Theatre Studies, Warwick) – food and creative performance
12.45 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.00 Dr Helena Tuomainen (Warwick Medical School) – mental health research, immigrant populations and food practices
2.00 – 2.30 Charles Michel (Chef-in-residence, Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Oxford) – food aesthetics and crossmodal research
2.30 – 3.00 Tereza Stehlíková (Royal College of Art/Westminster)—artist/film-maker, film and the evocation of multi-sensory experience, memory, emotion and thought
3.15 – 3.30 Coffee break
3.30 – 4.00 Professor Rebecca Earle (History, Warwick) – food and cultural-political identity
4.00 – 4.30 Dr Kate Rawles (Food Ethics Council/University of Cumbria) – advocacy for ethical food practices
4.30 – 5.30 Roundtable discussion – with speakers joined by Professor Liz Dowler (Sociology, Warwick) and Dr Aaron Meskin (Philosophy, Leeds)
Organisers: Eileen John and Alisa Mandrigin (Warwick, Philosophy), and Tereza Stehlíková (Royal College of Art/Westminster). There is no charge for attendance at the workshop, but please e-mail Eileen John (Eileen.John@warwick.ac.uk) by 18 March to register.