W010
Food: crisis and creativity

Convenors:
Marta Vilar Rosales (Instituto de Ciências Sociais)
Monica Janowski (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Location:
Rowan Room 1
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Food forms a significant expressive domain to the analysis of both everyday routines and exceptional moments in peoples' lives. The panel welcomes papers that, by focusing on practice, highlight the contribution of food to framing, evoking or anticipating critical situations and contexts of crisis.

Long abstract:

In a wide range of personal and global contexts - ranging from scarcity due to war through environmental disaster to "comfort food" in difficult personal moments - food becomes particularly visible in times and contexts of crisis. Food is a lens through which to frame and understand the ways in which individuals and groups deal with crises. In a context of crisis, food can allow individuals to draw on creative and emotional reserves from the past; it can also generate new ways of moving into the future. We welcome papers which, through focusing on creative practices in food production and consumption, bring attention to its centrality in critical moments, its potential to express cultural and subjective agency, and its ability to materialize and manage identity and relationships. Using the lens of food, we hope to encourage discussion of the extent of creative agency in critical moments; and of the processes of generating practice based on imaginative thoughts, concepts and musings.