Food01
Ethnographies of home-made food: crisis, craft and creativity

Convenors:
Joanna Mroczkowska (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Renata Hryciuk (Warsaw University)
Chair:
Joanna Mroczkowska
Stream:
Food
Location:
KWZ 0.610
Start time:
27 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The aim of this panel is to discuss ways in which home-made food functions in contemporary world, crossing the boundaries of private/public, becoming a vital tool of voicing and reexamining different issues in the crisis situation, serving as means of gendered agency, empowerment, creativity.

Long abstract:

Home is a place where re-evaluation of contemporary culture and social meanings are especially visible. In puritan/burgess/city tradition the idea of home developed as the opposition of public space - home (private) and the workshop (public) were separated. With this, the notions of care, warmth, family, womanhood as prescribed to the private/home sphere evolved. Rural homes and dwellings were structured differently - the private and work spaces were often combined. Home-made food has played a special part in the constitution of these notions, and its analysis reveals the social changes in the contemporary world. Today home-made food crosses the home's threshold and becomes (on many levels) a social, gender and political idiom. The aim of this panel is to discuss and present various ways in which home-made food functions in today's world, crossing the boundaries of private/public, becoming o vital tool of voicing different issues in the crisis situation ("crisis of family", food-security etc.), serving as means of gendered agency, empowerment, creativity. We especially welcome scholars who engage in the following topics: • home-making and commensality • gender dimension of food preparation and consumption (e.g. home-made as survival strategy, home-making as down-shifting strategy, emotions, intimacy and power, feeding the family, embodied skills/ deskillment etc.) • commercialization of home-made food, commodification of food-related knowledge, food nostalgia (how to use) • food security, food deserts • home-made food, belonging and mobility (migration, culinary tourism) • lifestyles, tastes and aesthetic expression of home-made food • home- made food, identity and heritage