Food: Nature and Culture

6th Social Research Conference November 5-7, 1998

What we eat; the ceremonies surrounding it; how food marks our sameness and difference; its mythic and symbolic importance; the joy of plenty; the fear of famine and deprivation—all are occasions for reflections on the human condition.  How do we understand the prevalence of hunger in a world of abundance?  What roles do culturally determined food preferences or power play?


This conference brings scholars and scientists as well as policy makers together in a forum linking discourse about hunger, diet and food security with the history, culture and political economy of food in an effort to elicit new perspectives on the significant problems created by scarcity and abundance.


This conference is funded by grants from Continental Grain Foundation, Earth Pledge Foundation, Organic Commodity Project, Ford Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation


To order the related issue of Social Research,: An International Quarterly

Food: Nature and Culture, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Spring 1999)





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