UEA Postgraduate Colloquium: Aesthetics, Food and Sharing

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The PGR Colloquium is a free, afternoon conference open to all and hosted by the University of East Anglia's Art History department

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The aim of the colloquium is to examine ideas around the aesthetics of food sharing as they expand across histories, communities and identities. This interdisciplinary event will showcase research which addresses the aestheticised consumption of food, community stories centered around commensality, representations of food in art, and the cultural heritage of culinary traditions.

Showcasing papers from researchers working across multiple disciplines, including anthropology, politics, heritage studies and art history, the colloquium will offer new perspectives on the relationship between food and aesthetics.

The colloquium will consist of seven papers, spread over two panels, and will include time for questions and discussion.

To eat or not to eat? India’s beef conundrum and the politics of food - Simran Dhingra, Jamia Millia Islamia

The Curious Case of Food, GI Tags, and Lawsuits in India - Sonakshi Srivastava, Indraprastha University

The Quest for Egalitarianism: Materiality, Embodiment and sharing of Kwai in Khasi community - Lede E Miki Pohshna, North-Eastern Hill University,

Exploring the invisible power relations ‘steaming’ from the pot of ceebu jën in Senegal - Hélène Binesse, University of East Anglia

Food aesthetics in Instagram Stories and the authenticity of the everyday - Wiebe Copman, Columbia University

Abundance and Poverty: Aesthetics of Food Insecurity in Canadian Art - Dr Betsy Moss

Edible and Folded Identity: Food and its Visual Aspect as Cultural Heritage in Kanaky/New Caledonia - Carolina Gallarini, University of East Anglia

The colloquium will take place over Teams. A link to the event and details of the full programme will be emailed to registered participants.

Please visit for more information about the colloquium and to view the abstracts.

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