Thursday, March 11, 2010


Food, Memory and Cultural Heritage


*François Rabelais University, Tours, France*
*And the European Institute of the History and Cultures of Food, Tours,
France* organise the Eighth European Campus University (CEE) in Tours, France

29 August to 5 September 2010


Memory, that is to say the way in which an individual or a collectivity construct their past in remembering it, is a crucial factor for researching the history and the culture of food. Surprisingly enough, memory has not systematically been put into proper perspective or, for that matter, been sufficiently explored, even though the interdisciplinary and international studies on this subject ("memory studies") have recently had a particularly active development. In cultural politics, particularly that of the intangible cultural heritage (thanks to UNESCO), rapid and fundamental developments have taken place, among others, in the domain of culinary cultures. The goal of the ECU is to adress these theories, debates and methods and try to extract the kinds of questions and principles that are most pertinent for the work of historians, social scientists and yet other approaches to the subject food. The goal is to stimulate a lively dialogue between the different disciplines that will be represented.

*Marc Jacobs*, Director FARO. Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage, Brussels, Belgium
*Allen J. Grieco*, Senior Research Associate, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy
*Peter Scholliers*, Professor of History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
*Harry West, *Professor of Anthropology, Chair Food Studies Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,**
*Thibaut Boulay, *Maître de conférences, ancient history, University François-Rabelais, Tours, France

If you are interested, please contact Marie-Claude Piochon who will forward a program (latest update) and the registration forms.

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*L'université François-Rabelais de Tours et*
*l'Institut européen d'histoire et des cultures de l'alimentation (IEHCA)*
*organisent le huitième campus européen d'été (CEE) à Tours*
*du 29 août au 5 septembre 2010 :*
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La mémoire - c'est-à-dire la façon dont un individu et une collectivité construisent un passé en se souvenant - est un sujet crucial pour la recherche en histoire et cultures de l'alimentation. Cependant, la mémoire n'a pas été systématiquement mise en perspective ou suffisamment explorée. Pourtant, les études interdisciplinaires et internationales de cette problématique (« /memory studies/ ») ont récemment connu un développement très important. Dans la politique culturelle, et surtout celle du patrimoine culturel immatériel (grâce à l'UNESCO), on a vu récemment des développements rapides et fondamentaux, entre autres en ce qui concerne les cultures culinaires. L'objectif du CEE est de confronter ces théories, débats et méthodes, et d'en distiller les questionnements et les principes les plus pertinents pour la pratique de la recherche en histoire, en sciences sociales et d'autres approches de l'alimentation. Il s'agit également de stimuler le dialogue entre les différentes disciplines.
*Marc Jacobs*, Directeur de l'Interface flamande pour le patrimoine culturel (FARO, Bruxelles), historien - ethnologue
*Allen J. Grieco*, Chercheur associé, Histoire médiévale, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Histoire médiévale, Florence, Italie
*Peter Scholliers, *Professeur d'histoire contemporaine, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Bruxelles, Belgique
*Harry West*, Professeur d'anthropologie, Professeur d'anthropologie, School of Oriental and African Studies,Université de Londres
*Thibaut BOULAY*, Maître de conférences, histoire ancienne, université François-Rabelais de Tours.

Si vous êtes intéressés, envoyez votre e-mail à Marie-Claude Piochon : pour recevoir le programme (en cours d'élaboration) et le bulletin d'inscription.


Researchers for Local Food Movement

WANTED: RESEARCHERS FOR LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT PROJECT: Hiring opportunity for 2-3 researchers with MA or PhD level training or experience in the social sciences. This NSF-funded research project addresses the Alternative Agri-Food Movements in the US. The project is an ethnographic and social network study of food action networks in four locales in North Carolina. The research associates will conduct ethnographic field research and documentary analysis relevant to the research questions of the project. Research Associates will also liaise with community-based researchers employed on the project. The positions being filled will require residing in one of the respective locales for an anticipated period of 11 months, with prior residence for 2 months in Chapel Hill for orientation, and 7 months post-fieldwork residence in Chapel Hill for data analysis and write-up. Our plan is a collaboratively written book and a series of community and policy forums for dissemination of our findings. We expect dissemination to be amplified by the project's close affiliation with the Center for Integrating Research and Action at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Under appropriate circumstances (e.g., affinity of project), the ethnographic work for this project could overlap with fieldwork required for a research associate's PhD dissertation. Experience in community activism is a plus. The project PIs seek a diverse team. Employment will be for 20 months at $2,000/month plus some funding for health insurance. Research associates are expected to commit to the full 20 month collaborative research and writing effort, with an estimated start date of May 17, 2010, and an end date of January 16, 2012. Interested potential applicants should send a letter indicating their interest, relevant experience and training with a copy of their curriculum vitae, and a list of three references to Don Nonini or Dorothy Holland, Department of Anthropology, CB#3115, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 27599. Send hardcopy, not email. The University of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity , Affirmative Action employer, and encourages applications from women and minorities. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, with the first review of applications on April 5th.

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