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P140b


The challenges of documenting food heritage in a fragile world [Food Network Panel] 
Convenors:
Michele Fontefrancesco (University of Gastronomic Sciences)
Dauro Mattia Zocchi (Università di Scienze Gastronomiche)
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Format:
Panel
Location:
14 University Square (UQ), 01/007
Sessions:
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Over the last two decades, growing attention has been paid to food heritage. This ingenerated a process of heritization that entails challenges crucial for anthropology. The panel invites ethnographic and methodological papers that investigate this process of heritization and its consequences.

Long Abstract:

Over the last two decades, growing attention has been paid to the recognition of food as an element of intangible cultural heritage, given its importance as an identity marker and its potentially crucial role in fostering the economic, political, and social empowerment of local communities. In the wake of this phenomenon, several organizations across the world have developed and promoted research activities and dissemination tools aimed at documenting and promoting biocultural diversity linked to traditional food and gastronomic systems. These initiatives often seek to improve knowledge of resources linked to food and gastronomic milieus and also, possibly, to foster processes towards their rescue and promotion.

Overall, thus, food is the subject of a multi-layered process of heritagization that entails different challenges concerning socio-cultural and economic sustainability, commodification, and standardization of traditional knowledge. It also brings to the fore questions concerning indigenous intellectual rights, ethnic exploitation, and new forms of cultural and economic colonization: issues that have a significant impact in those geographical areas where the socio-economic and ecological conditions are more precarious and fragile.

The panel invites ethnographic and methodological papers that investigate the different stages of food heritagization and its consequences. Particular attention will be given to the design and making of food inventories and underlying methodologies, focusing on the impacts of these activities on communities and other local actors.

The panel is organized within the ERC project: DiGe - Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -