Monday, January 23, 2006


Travel, Travel Writing and Food Colloquium

Travel, Travel Writing and Food Colloquium
Trinity College, Oxford, UK
Saturday, 1st April 2006

The fourth colloquium on Travel and Travel Writing will take food as its theme. We invite papers across the fields of the humanities and social sciences which will engage with the following topics:

How do travel writers negotiate food as a crucial and intimate sign of social and cultural difference? How has food been represented historically and in the contemporary world in terms of sensuous pleasure? How has food been understood in terms of 'civilised' and 'savage' societies and the exotic? To what extent does the etiquette of dining act as a prime theme within travel texts? In what ways is writing about food a commentary on class difference and also shaped by class? How do travel writers understand the local's revenge through food (Montezuma's revenge, Delhi belly)? Travel writing and medical discourse about the 'healthy' body The moral consequences of particular diets (vegetarianism, meat-eating) How does the body of the writer enter travel accounts?

Please submit your abstracts (500 words) to Prof John Eade at by 15th February 2006.

For registration enquiries, please contact Mirela Dumic -
Mirela Dumic
Centre Administrator
Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM)
School of Arts, Communication and Humanities
08 AP 02
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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