Eating Well: Experience and Value in Meals

Speaker: Multiple
Date: Friday 27 March 2015 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue: MS.04 (Maths and Statistics Building), University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

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)

5.30 Reception

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 ( by 18 March to register.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the British Society of Aesthetics, the AHRC Re-Thinking the Senses Project, and the Warwick Food GRP Community.