Eating, Cooking, Culture: The Politics and History of Food

Hefter Center
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
April 15-16 2011

"Cooking is even more uniquely characteristic of our species than language. Animals do at least bark, roar, chirp, do at least signal by sound; only we bake, boil, roast, and fry” (52, Hungry Planet). Food, along with its ancillary activities of eating and cooking, lies at the heart of understanding culture. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the ties between food and culture, in historical and contemporary contexts, with respect to global and local politics, economies, health, ethics and media.

For more information, please contact Eric Herhuth at or 414-229-3033.