SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Food, Stories, and Identities in flux - Migration and the Mobilisation of Culinary Heritage

Olia Hercules, Stories On Our Plate (SOOP), Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots and others

Date: 14 January 2017Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 14 January 2017Time: 1:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Talk

As people and communities move, so do the food and stories that shape their cultural heritage and identity. This event explores the role that food and stories play in constructing narratives of "home", and the richness, benefits and challenges of expressing food culture in new environments. It also looks at the ways food is used as a tool for economic and social opportunity by migrants and refugees, against a backdrop of increasing hostility and politicisation of migration.

Come for an enriching panel talk featuring food writer Olia Hercules, Stories On Our Plate (SOOP), Social Anthropologist Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots, and more. On arrival, you will be treated to a light vegan brunch by the talented 'This is what we are made of'. The event will also feature a food stories photography exhibition by artist and SOAS alumni Caroline Hobkinson.

SOOP will also be sharing with you it's current crowdfunding campaign for their upcoming pilot culinary training programme for refugee chefs in April 2017. Donations to the SOOP campaign are greatly welcome.

Brunch will be served from 11am, with the panel talk starting at noon and lasting for approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Organiser: Stories On Our Plate (SOOP), the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS Food Studies Centre

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