Saturday, December 15, 2007


Call for Papers: Foodscapes of Southeast Asia
The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and Founder's College, YorkUniversity, Toronto, Canada, will host Foodscapes of Southeast Asia onFriday, February 29, 2008.
This event will explore the relation between food consumption and food production in Southeast Asia. The afternoon consists of two panels ofacademic papers from different disciplinary perspectives with ampletime for discussion. Currently, we expect to have presentations on the natural food revolution in Thailand, street foods of Hanoi, steamed rice cakes as representations of local identities in the Philippines,Women entrepreneurs in the food industry in Southeast Asia and the use of seaweed in the Philippines.
Attention will also be drawn to the multi-sensorial aspects of food.While the academic discourse on food is often text-based, knowledge about food is also coded in taste and vision; and our personal experiences with food reflect the integration of these different approaches to knowledge production. We will have at least one multimedia presentation entitled "Doing Lunch in Salaya."
The afternoon ends with a presentation by photographers and cookbookwriters, Jeff Alford and Naomi Daguid, best-selling authors of Seductions of Rice, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, and Mangoes and CurryLeaves. They will present "Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey along the Mekong River," followed by a special Southeast Asian meal.
If you would like to present a paper, please send a title and short abstract to by January 18, 2008. Works in progress by graduate students are particularly welcome. For information about the program, please contact Professor Penny VanEsterik at esterik@yorku. ca, or 77782. If you are interested in attending, please email for more details.
Alicia Filipowich
Centre Coordinator
York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)
York University
Ste. 270, York Lanes, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON Canada
M3J 1P3
Telephone: 416 736 2100 ext. 44068
Fax: 416 736 5688
falicia@yorku. ca

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