Call for Papers

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium 2022: Food and Movement

We are living in times of rapid change. People are on the move continuously whether in search of food, work or a better quality of life for their families. Some movements of people are caused by forced migration due to war, political exile, famine or indeed climate change. For others, air travel as well as stability, peace, prosperity and political cooperation has eased the movement of people and goods and enabled our experiences of new, exotic or ethnic foodways. Food Tourism means to travel in order to experience the food culture of the destinations, whether shopping in food markets, Michelin-starred dining, visiting food and beverage producers or taking cooking classes. Movement in what we eat can be dramatic or gradual. International researchers suggest there is a drastic need to move from our current predominately meat-and-dairy-heavy diets to a more plant-based one in order to halt the current global warming.

Some cultures still have strong traditions of transhumance, where animals are moved from one part of the country to another during the summer months. Many cross-cultural links are forged by annual international harvest migrations, be it Irish Tattie Hookers in Scotland historically, Georgian tea pickers in Turkey, or Bulgarian workers harvesting strawberries in Ireland today. For some traditional nomadic peoples, their centuries-old movements have been hindered by political borders, at times drawn through towns or villages or even people’s houses with no cognisance of the cultural, religious or daily lives of the inhabitants. Some people may need to move many tens of kilometres to visit neighbours that are within a stone’s throw of their residence.

Movement encapsulates migration of people, ideas, ingredients, cuisines, technologies and cultures, not to mention invasive species, germs and diseases. Movement also includes the changing status of individuals within society as they move up or down the social or economic ladder and sparks discussions on how education, cultural or indeed culinary capital can aid this movement.

Peristalsis is the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine or another canal, creating wave-like movements that push our food from the oesophagus to the anus. Which foods constrict or loosen the movement or the bowel? Discussions of James Joyce’s Ulysses tend to present Leopold Bloom’s digestive tracts as a schematic metaphor for the workings of the text.

Many movements in academia, pedagogy, literature, and etiquette have influenced how food is perceived within society historically. Once the Industrial Revolution took a hold, there were pastoral movements in art and literature. There have been many political and social movements within the food community over the years. The locavore movement (including craft beverages and artisan foodstuffs) can be seen as a reaction to globalisation. Dumpster diving was a movement among the hippies in the 1970s California, but also by ecowarriors in Ireland in the 1990s, and among Punk Rockers in Seattle in the new Millennium.

Once a topic considered too quotidian for academic consideration, food is now a lens that is used to interrogate numerous disciplines from art to architecture, from music to medicine, and is receiving interest from a multitude of scholars.

The DGS organising committee welcomes papers on the topic of Food and Movement including but not limited to the following:

  • History (global, local, economic, social, cultural)
  • Society, Politics and Economics
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Education (from Pre-school to post-Doctoral)
  • Public Dining and the professional sphere
  • Cookbooks and the domestic sphere
  • Health, Medicine, Wellness, Nourishment
  • Beverages
  • Environment
  • Technology and Science
  • Architecture, Urban and Spatial Design
  • Abstracts (length 250 words) will be accepted from March 2021. Please submit your proposal abstract here

    You will be notified whether your proposal is accepted in October 2021. The final paper shall be 4,000 words in length, excluding references, and will be due in February 2022.