Friday, September 19, 2008



November 7, 2008
12:00 Noon -- Brown Bag
Location TBA

Dennis Rothermel
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
California State University, Chico

"Slow Food, Slow Film"

This talk draws parallels between the products of industrialized food and the products of industrialized cinema, through a discussion of two Hollywood remakes of foreign films about food and cooking -- Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman and Sandra Nettlebeck's Bella Martha. The traits of mainstream cinema manipulative effects are easily identified in the Hollywood adaptations, and a parallel transformation in the food content as well. The lecture will conclude with some philosophical remarks deriving from Hubert Dreyfus' exposition of gift-giving and Roberto Esposito's development of normativization.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


CFP: Tasting History Conference Deadline October 1, '08

Tasting History

Tasting History is a free two-day conference to be held Friday-Sunday, February 27-March 2 on the UC Davis Campus.

We are interested in receiving papers that explore critical issues in food and drink production and consumption that relate to the body and deploy a world-historical lens.

Topics of interest range from the impact of science and technology on agricultural production; to the spread, relocation and domestication of animal and plant life central to human settlements; the proliferation and diversity of indigenous gastronomical practices and knowledge; the development of labor systems tied to specific foodstuffs; narratives of the relationship between nutrition and the environment; food and drink commodities and the development of global business practices; food production and social activism; politics and policies pertaining to agriculture, food science, nutrition and the global economy; and local, regional and global food systems.

Interested parties should submit a 500 word abstract of their research project by October 1, 2008 to to Carolyn de la Peña (ctdelapena @

Travel, food and accommodation costs for paper presenters will be borne by the conveners.

The conference will consist of five panels of pre-circulated research papers by new and established scholars in the field, including two graduate student panels moderated by the editors of Food, Culture and Society and Gastronomica, and a number of plenary events, including public lectures, and cuisine demonstrations. All the events will be hosted in the remarkable new facilities of the Robert Mondavi Institute.

The University of California has a rich history of excellence in historical inquiry, and in wine and food sciences. Together these research groups represent world history expertise from eight UC campuses and food expertise from UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley. For more than 125 years, UCD has maintained active research and education programs in viticulture, enology and food science. No other academic institution can boast the rare combination of the premier College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, a large agricultural sector renowned for its fine wine and diverse food production, and the uniqueness of California cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you to UC Davis in our centennial year.

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