April 27th, 2012

Conference organisers Sarah Byrne (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) and Kaori O’Connor (Anthropology, UCL) at the newly established UCL Pacific Islands Research Network are calling for papers for a one-day conference, Feast and Famine: Exploring Relationships with Food in the Pacific, taking place at University College London on September 7.

The one-day conference responds to the widening interest in the political, economic, cultural and health dimensions of feasting, food production and famine in the Pacific. The conference aims to provide a platform for more engaged dialogue between archaeology, anthropology, history, ecology, economics, epidemiology, health and medical studies, and food studies and the social and historical sciences. The organisers welcome papers that address issues of food relationships in the Pacific, especially those that draw off interdisciplinary perspectives.

Those interested in participating need to submit a paper title and 200-word abstract by May 14 to Sarah Byrne (s.byrne@ucl.ac.uk).
Papers from the conference will be published in a book on Food Culture in the Pacific: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. The organisers are calling for 20-minute papers that focus on:

* Landscapes of feasting
* Famine and food security
* Archaeobotanical and Archaeozoological evidence for food production and consumption
* Relationship between seasonality and fasting
* Relationship between plant species and human colonisation
* Material culture of food and feasting
* Food as material culture
* Rituals of food production and consumption
* Impact of European colonisation on food practices
* Food/feasting as cross-cultural translation
* Contemporary politics of food production and consumption
* Representing food culture in museums
* Food and intangible heritage

Conference registration details will follow in due course. For more information visit:


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