What’s cooking? Food and eating at home Conference

Bookings are now open for the Histories of Home SSN Fourth Annual Conference, What’s cooking? Food and eating at home, to be held on Friday 9th March 2012 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London.

This conference will focus on food within the domestic setting in the UK. Papers will explore the changing feelings and meanings attached to kitchens; gender and identity issues around cooking, feeding and kitchens; the transmission of culinary knowledge as well as the impact of design and new technologies on the use of virtual and real foodspaces. There will also be a presentation on interpreting food preparation spaces and food consumption within a historic house setting. The conference programme reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the Histories of Home SSN and will draw on social geography, food history, sociology, social gerontology, design, digital and social anthropology as well as artistic and museum practice.

The Conference Keynote paper will be delivered by Professor Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield), Director of the recently completed three-year interdisciplinary research project, Changing Families, Changing Food and currently Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded Consumer Culture in an Age of Anxiety research programme. The Conference is organised in association with the Wellcome Library.

The full programme is available to download here: Food Conference Programme

Delegate fees: £40/£25 (full-time students) – includes a light sandwich lunch and refreshments

Book early to secure your place! To book please download, complete and return the Food Conference Booking Form with payment by Wednesday 29 February to:

Krisztina Lackoi, SSN Co-ordinator, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA


Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield)
Anxious appetites: researching families and food
Food anxieties in contemporary UK households

Ines Amado (De Montfort University)
Story-telling, exchange and observations of the everyday
Short video piece of a family meal – food-sharing, ritual and hospitality

Stephanie Baum (Institute of Education)
An analysis of cooking from the perspective of hegemonic masculinity in transformation
Male cooking today

Maria das Graças Brightwell (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Food consumption and the practice of everyday life in two Brazilian mixed households in Harlesden, London

Manpreet K. Janeja (University of Cambridge)
Feeding and eating ‘proper meals’ at home and beyond
Everyday feeding and eating practices in migrant households in East London

Alysa Levene (Oxford Brookes University)
Margarine, social class and the home: exploring the ‘margarine mind’ in rationed Britain

Angela Meah (University of Sheffield)
“Of course I know that; you told me that years ago”: the acquisition of culinary knowledge in British families

Anne Murcott (SOAS & University of Nottingham)
A century of English cookery books: examining what they can reveal about trends in food preparation, recipes and eating at home

Lida Papamatthaiaki (UCL)
Digital symposiakotita @ new foodspaces
Food blogs and new digital foodspaces

Sheila Peace (Open University)
Continuity and change: aspects of the food environment across the life course
The role, function and design of the kitchen in the lives of older people

Sara Pennell (University of Roehampton) & Victoria Bradley (Ham House, National Trust)
Foodways in the heritage house
New interpretation of food areas in the late Stuart historic house, Ham House

Rachel Scicluna (Open University)
Is the kitchen as ‘hub of the household’ a myth? Or is it the hub of politics and social change?


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