Food03
Kitchen stories

Convenors:
Ester Bardone (University of Tartu)
Håkan Jönsson (Lund University)
Chair:
Konrad Köstlin
Stream:
Food
Location:
KWZ 0.610
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel invites papers dealing with everything from kitchen table conversations over the design and architecture of kitchens, to the preparation and intake of meals and sharing one's cooking experiences online. Researchers with varied disciplinary perspectives are all equally welcome.

Long abstract:

Kitchens are more than places for domestic food production. In the kitchen both trivial and life-changing conversations, happy meals and family fights take place. Kitchens are the places of dwelling that more than any other room in our home reflect the big social, economic and technological changes in the Western society over the past hundred years. Modern kitchens have been battlefields for negotiating gender roles as well as arenas for performing identities. Stories are told in kitchens, and can be told about kitchens. Kitchen narratives may be revealed in oral forms or as memories and recollections, but they may likewise be communicated through the materiality of furniture and cooking utensils, visual images and virtual environments. The panel invites papers dealing with everything from kitchen table conversations over the design and architecture of kitchens, to the preparation and intake of meals and sharing one's cooking experiences online. Researchers with perspectives from ethnology, anthropology, folklore, food studies, semiotics, material culture, or other scholarly backgrounds are all equally welcome to join the panel.