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Food, feeding and eating in and out of Asia

Interdisciplinary food conference organised by the Asian Dynamics Initiative
When Jun 24, 2015 09:00 AM to
Jun 26, 2015 05:30 PM
Where University of Copenhagen
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The conference will take place over three days and feature distinguished keynote speakers as well as interdisciplinary panels. Panel topics include 'Alternative approaches to food security in Asia: what are the effects and at what cost?', 'Governing food security and safety in Asia', 'The world(s) feeding Asia', and 'Producing food sovereignty'.

Food, feeding, and eating activities are as old as life itself, but recently there has been a heightened interest in such issues within policy-making, international relations, and academic scholarship ranging from the bio-medical, philosophical, historical, and political to the social, cultural, economic, and religious. Food is both global and local: while foods, cuisines, recipes, people, and culinary cosmopolitanisms have been in global circuits of flows and circulations through various periods of history, the smells, sights, sounds, textures, and tastes of local foodscapes may evoke memories of ‘home’ and imaginations of travel alike. Moreover, with increasing numbers of people concentrated in large cities and urban agglomerations, the challenges of feeding people are becoming ever more complex. Against the backdrop of globalisation of Asia and Asian foods, this conference focuses on the wide-ranging aspects of production, consumption, distribution, disposal, and circulation of foods in and out of Asia.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Paul Freedman, History, Yale University
  • Professor Michael Herzfeld, Anthropology, Harvard University 
  • Dr. Madhusree Mukerjee, Independent Author and Science Journalist
  • Professor Daojiong Zha, International Political Economy, Peking University      


Food, Feeding, and Eating In and Out of Asia
is the 7th in a series of annual, interdisciplinary conferences initiated by ADI in 2008. ADI is a cross-faculty and interdisciplinary effort to meet the current challenges and demands for better knowledge of and deeper insights into Asian matters.

Asian Dynamics Conference 2015

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