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Eating well: experience and value in meals

Friday 27 March 2015Different meals

10.00 - 18.00 in MS.04 (Maths and Statistics Building: campus map)

Link to Warwick Food GRP page on the workshop

At this interdisciplinary workshop researchers and practitioners will share diverse expertise relevant to what is at stake when people gather to eat. A tremendously rich set of factors converge in meals, affecting the meaning, pleasures and healthiness of daily life, the transmission and vitality of cultures, and the sustainability and fairness of large-scale food policies and practices. This workshop aims to integrate our understanding of these factors, with the hope of developing ideas for a ‘future of meals’ that is well-informed, is ethical and makes the most of meals’ experiential, creative and cultural potential.


10.00 – 10.30 Dr Rosemary Collier (Director, Warwick Crop Centre) – What does 'sustainable agriculture' look like?

10.30 – 11.00 Dr Carol Bryce (Warwick Sociology PhD) - The family meal as ideal: negotiating good motherhood through food, with a focus on feeding pre-school children

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 – 11.45 Dr Moya Kneafsey (Human Geography, Coventry University) – Carrots again? ... the possibilities of meal-making from local food systems

11.45 – 12.15 Dr Zeina Ghandour (Law, Birkbeck; SOAS Food Studies Associate) – 'We stuff everything': in the gut of anti-colonial resistance

12.15 – 12.45 Dr Tim White (Theatre Studies, Warwick) – 'Sniffin' glue': food and social cohesion

12.45 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.00 Dr Helena Tuomainen (Warwick Medical School) – The comfort of familiar meal formats in the context of change: Ghanaian food habits in London

2.00 – 2.30 Charles Michel (Chef-in-residence, Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Oxford) – Towards an art and science of eating: a latent food renaissance?

2.30 – 3.00 Tereza Stehlíková (Royal College of Art/Westminster) – A journey of unsettling perception: film, food and embodiment

3.15 – 3.30 Coffee break

3.30 – 4.00 Professor Rebecca Earle (History, Warwick) – Diet and identity

4.00 – 4.30 Dr Kate Rawles (Food Ethics Council/University of Cumbria) – A good meal? Ethics, food and farming

4.30 – 5.30 Roundtable discussion - with speakers joined by Professor Liz Dowler (Sociology, Warwick) and Dr Aaron Meskin (Philosophy, Leeds)

5.30 Reception

Organisers: Eileen John and Alisa Mandrigin (Warwick, Philosophy), and Tereza Stehlíková (Royal College of Art/Westminster). There is no charge for attendance at the workshop, but please e-mail Eileen John ( by 18 March to register.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the British Society of Aesthetics, the AHRC Re-Thinking the Senses Project, and the Warwick Food GRP Community.