Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2015

Food, Hunger and Conflict (topic)

When in today’s world we are confronted with the suffering of the hungry, we see them as victims in need of support, whether we pass them in the street or see distant strangers on the news. The study of the concept of hunger has shown that we cannot take this vision for granted. James Vernon indicated that it is the result of history of changing ideas surrounding the concept of hunger. Whilst it once was seen as the unavoidable hand of God, this later changed to a discourse of morality and individual responsibility. Those without food were seen as lacking discipline and in need of education.

The foregoing indicates that a need arises to understand definitions of what hunger represented for both those with and those without access to food to comprehend social and cultural interactions and political operations. Research into different sources can shed light on how existing ideas on poverty and hunger interacted with discourses and perceptions, strategies for survival, charity and aid to grasp what it meant economically, politically but also socially and culturally to be without food during times of prosperity, shortages, conflict and war. Through the mediation of the study of hunger strikes for example, one can study relationships of power, frameworks of culturally defined ideas of resistance, bodily integrity, sacrifice and social dynamics. Different experiences and cultural framing have significant effects on perception and remembrance of hunger, power, poverty and war.

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Date: Friday, 16 January – Saturday 17 January 2015
Venue: Aula of the University of Amsterdam, Singel 411, 1012 XM Amsterdam.


Friday, 16 January 2015

09:00 – 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction
10:10 – 10:45Josep L. BaronaFood, Hunger and Conflict
10:45 – 11:55 Panel 1 – In control? Hunger as a weapon

11:55 – 13:00 Lunch (with an introduction by Christianne Muusers)
13:00 – 14:15 Panel 2 – Feeding the colonies: governing hunger

14:15 – 15:30 Panel 3 – Solutions for hunger? Community strategies

15:30 – 16:00 Tea break
16:00 – 17:00 Gala of the Cookbook: Awards ceremony
The Gala of the Cookbook will continue after 17.00 with a programme at Special Collections UvA.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

10:00 – 10:20 Garrelt Verhoeven: Crisis in the kitchen : wartime cookbooks at the University of Amsterdam
10:20 – 12:00 Panel 4 – Living with hunger: representations and creative solutions

12:00 – 12:15 Wrap-up Irene Zwiep


Call for Papers

Abstract submission is closed.
For the CfP please look here:  Call for Papers 2015.

The Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food has been made possible with the generous support of Amsterdam University Fund, Amsterdam School for Culture and History of the University of Amsterdam, the Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST) research unit of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Doctoral School of Human Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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