SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Falafel King: culinary customs and national narratives in Palestine

Zeina Ghandour, Birkbeck

Date: 25 February 2014Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 25 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Ghandour's talk, based on an article published in Feminist Legal Studies - December 2013, will draw on the emergent trans disciplinary field of food studies in order to pursue questions of national identity and cultural resistance in Palestine. The Palestinian ethnographic research included in the paper was conducted in collaboration with a local Nablus based NGO (Bait Al Karama), and Ghandour's methodology is rooted in the relationship between activism and academia. There are several perspectives from which this connection between food and territoriality may be theorised.  In the first instance Ghandour asks whether it is appropriate to draw on an ownership paradigm in order to spotlight the possibilities and significance of claiming their cuisine as the intangible cultural heritage of Palestinians. 

Chair: Dina Matar, SOAS

Organiser: London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Palestine Studies

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