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3rd BSA Food Study Group Conference:

2-3 July 2012

The British Library Conference Centre, London, UK


Following the success of last year's event, the aim of this 3rd conference is to further examine the role of food in contemporary society. Using a sociological lens, the conference will both examine empirical questions raised by the relation of food to social and intergenerational inequalities and explore theoretical issues of food as an item of consumption, cultural symbol and commodity.


The global economic retrenchment and ever-present environmental concerns, including climate change, have critical implications for food systems and eating practices. How do these intersect with other foci of sociological concern, such as nation, post-colonialism, gender, social order, inequalities, wellbeing and public health? How are individuals, communities and politicians responding to these crises? How are social scientists conceptualising and addressing these issues? What (more) is to be done?


Plenary Speakers:


  • Jan Poppendieck, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, City University of New York - 'Fighting Hunger with Public Food Assistance: a Friendly Critique'
  • Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology University of Manchester and Jane and Aatos Erkko, Visiting Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies - 'Changing Eating Habits'

Academics, practitioners, policy makers and other research users are encouraged to come together to explore these themes over 2 days. The number of delegates will be limited to around 150 in order to focus discussion.


Poster presenters will be provided with a space on a display board which will accommodate a poster of A1 size (594mm x 841mm), landscape orientation. You may display your poster, and any leaflets you have produced in advance, for the duration of the conference.


For more information about designing and using posters see websites:


Interested in this event?  Then you may find the Food Study Group's webpage useful.


Please direct any administrative enquiries to the BSA Events Team and any academic enquiries to Rebecca O'Connell.


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