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Gender and food day workshop

Tuesday 27th June


MS.04 (Maths Building)

Food is the most intimate and most global of commodities. It says who we are, what we are worth, and how we value others. In most societies food production, processing, preparation and management are highly gendered activities. From mother’s milk to caring for the sick and elderly, food carries moral and emotional significance as well as nutrients. Its management and exchange signal identity, relationships, power and pleasure.

This day is an opportunity to engage with researchers and practitioners from different disciplines, working on contemporary and historical aspects of gender and food.

Convened by Liz Dowler

Among the speakers are:

Elizabeth Bishop, Rosie Cox, Rosemary Kyle, Anne Murcott, Frances Short, Alison Spiro, Jane Whittle

£25 (includes lunch and refreshments)

£5 for students

Please send cheques payable to ‘University of Warwick’ to Amy Evans, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL



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10.00 Registration and coffee

10.30 Welcome: Professor Nickie Charles and Dr Elizabeth Dowler

10.45 Professor Anne Murcott:

“Convenience in the kitchen and on the plate: signs of progress or evidence of (moral) failings?"

11.30 Dr Elizabeth Bishop (University of Essex):

“Having it all/have it your way - women, food choice and neo-liberalism”

12.00 Dr Frances Short (freelance writer and cook):

“A Cook’s Life: the meaning of cooking to men and women”

12.30 – 1.30 LUNCH

1.30 Dr Jane Whittle (University of Exeter)

“Gender and food in an Early Seventeenth-Century Household”

2.00 Dr Rosemary Kyle (Joint Policy Unit, Sandwell PCTs)

“Men and household food work: concord, control or conflict?”

2.30 Dr Rosie Cox (Birkbeck College, London) and Dr Moya Kneafsey (University of Coventry)

“Making home? Food, gender and Irishness in Coventry”

3.00 – 3.30 TEA

3.30 Dr Alison Spiro (Health visitor, Harrow, London)

“Cultural meanings of breast-feeding: Gujarati women in Harrow and Gujarat”

4.00 tbc

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