“First we eat, then we do everything else.” MFK Fisher
Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art is pleased to announce “Eating Anatolia: Remembered Histories and Forgotten Foods”. Few aspects of our shared human experience are more fundamental than food. The act of preparing, serving and eating food in both historic and contemporary contexts spans low and high culture, encompassing social and cultural practices. Food functions as utility and pleasure, exposing social dynamics between producers and consumers and the wealth of material and cultural references that can be drawn from these interactions. In its breadth and diversity, the topic presents a provocative opportunity to examine this most basic feature of history from a multi-disciplinary perspective, remembering that there is no single narrative to explain the story of food over time.
This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of topics, areas and periods as they relate to food and food production in Anatolia and its surrounding regions, including agriculture, feasting, cooking methods and technologies, and food culture manifested in migration and exchange. Fellow graduate students are encouraged to consider alternative perspectives and how they contribute to a richer understanding of food-related practices and implications in Anatolia from the earliest prehistory until the end of the Ottoman Empire. Anatolia and surrounding regions from prehistory to the end of the Ottoman Empire, suggested topics include:
– Food production & agriculture Domestication of crops and animals
– Wine & viticulture
– Tools & technologies
– Ingredients, recipes and diets
– Spices and their distribution
– Feasting & rituals
– Visual or textual representation of food
– Migration & trade
– Food as cultural heritage
– Architecture related to food production and distribution
Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by February 14th, 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.