skip to primary navigationskip to content

Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Cooking Identities and Tasting Memories: the Heritage of Food

The Cambridge Heritage Research Centre presents the 20th Cambridge Heritage Symposium
When May 10, 2019 09:00 AM to
May 11, 2019 05:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Contact Name
Add event to calendar vCal

Some of the key questions we seek to address include:


1) How are the use of ingredients and the development of food practices determined at the intercultural and intracultural levels? How do parameters such as gender, class, geography, and religion determine food practices within and between cultures?

2) How do phenomena external to cultural practice including colonialism, armed conflict, migration, cultural/religious oppression, and climate change enable, limit and determine the use of ingredients, dishes and the development of foodways within a culture?

Heritagisation of food:

3) In a globalised world, can food and foodways be considered to have one “authentic” origin, granting it protected status in that place? How has the notion of place in the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage associated with food been used or fallen into disuse?

4) How does heritage come to intersect with local food movements in efforts for more sustainable eating habits?


5) How do daily, religious, and/or secular rituals become imbued through food practices? Who is responsible for the performance of food practices in the context of ceremony? How do such practices become heritagised?


Papers on other topics relating to food as heritage are also very welcome The conference will be interdisciplinary and seeks papers from disciplines including, but not limited to, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethnology, Food Studies, Geography, Heritage Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Museum Studies, Political Sciences, Religious Studies and Sociology.


Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by 27 January 2019 to Rebecca Haboucha, 

More information about this event…