Welcome to the Food Matters and Materialities: Critical Understandings of Food Cultures Conference website.

Food cultures are developed and enacted through a web of social and cultural relationships that produce food matters and knowledge, and food-related practices. Works emerging from critical food studies have demonstrated how uneven power relationships take form within these food cultures and create unfair and unequal relationships to and through food (ex., Carolan, 2016; Koc̦ et al., 2012; Slocum & Saldanha, 2016). These power relationships materialize in particular food matters, or materialities (as inspired by new materialisms), and in the elaboration of a wide range of food-related practices, such as food production and harvesting, circulation, preparation, control, and consumption.

Food Matters and Materialities: Critical Understandings of Food Cultures will focus on critically investigating the emergence of food matters/materialities and the heterogenous networks and power relationships they are embedded in and that they contribute to (re)producing. The Conference’s theme revolves around “matters”, to reflect our will to address how food matters/materialities emerge in and engage with particular food cultures.

The Conference will take place on September 23-25, 2021.