Past events

AFSCN Symposium – Data, Diets, Digitalism: Emergent Food Research Methodologies

15 November 2019, The University of Sydney

This one-day symposium examined emergent research methodologies in the study of food, nutrition, and diet. We looked at the ways in which new methodologies to examine food and food cultures have expanded, both with technologies of the digital age that reconfigure systems of food production and production, as well as new sensory (tactile/haptic, visual, olfactory), representational, cultural, and social practices that shape the food citizen. We also examined moving boundaries in the study of food, society, and culture through the lends of foodscape mapping, reflexive research methods, and indigenous/cross-cultural food pedagogies.

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AFSCN Symposium- Food and Place, Food and Displace

9th November 2018, Flinders University Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia

The aim of this one-day symposium was to present and discuss research on the relationships between eating, drinking, place and culture. We looking at the ways in which settings, places and habitats construct opportunities for old and new forms of alimentation and cultural significance. The symposium presented research on the experiences of those who have been, by accident or design, displaced from their foodways. The event included an interactive 'dessert-in-hand' food experience hosted by Post Dining. In the afternoon a workshop was held to discuss the research and actions for the network in 2019.

2016 Symposium - Food Paradoxes: Equity, Access and Excess

22 January 2016 - The University of Sydney

This one day symposium examined contemporary politics and paradoxes of food in the context of equity, access and excess. In a world where increasing poverty and disadvantage contribute to hunger and health disparities, we are seeing the systematic collection of surplus food that is re-circulated and distributed through local networks, food charity services and food banks. At the same time social issues like obesity are interpreted as symptomatic of excess and a mismatch between biological and social environments, and over-consumption of readily accessible processed foods. Equity, access and excess are thus nodes of complex cultural systems that contribute to current practices of how we eat and the everyday performances and representations of food politics.

2013 Symposium - Food, Gender and the Family

26 July 2013 - University of Sydney

1st Australian Food, Society and Culture Network Workshop

10 December 2012 - University of Sydney