Cornell Conference and Exhbitions: “The Language of Food: Exploring Representations of the Culinary in Culture"

(Feb 25, 2012)

To be held April 13-14 2012 at Cornell University, this conference will examine how food and representations of the culinary function as a sort of language. The language of food, at once material and abstract, permits us to approach intangible meanings through the study of concrete objects and media. Organized around this general topic, the conference seeks to explore artistic, literary, historical, and sociological perspectives that use the culinary as a means to understand culture.
  The conference will feature screenings of Italian and Italian-American films with foods as their subject (Big Night, Terra Madre, and others), exhbitions of menus and of classic Italian food advertisements, talks, wine and food tastings, an Italian Studies panel on “Food as a Site of Coercion,” and other events. Speakers include Carole Counihan and Brian Wansink.
The Conference will be held on the Cornell University campus and is free and open to the public. For complete details: