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The Diasporic Plate

A series of online talks and an international conference on the occasion of the fifth edition of the Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo, curated by Patrizia Sambuco (Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute for Modern Language Research of the University of London) and Katia Pizzi (Director, ICI London).



Friday 27th November

11.15am Conference Welcome
11.25-12 Q&A with Diego Zancani (University of Oxford) “The influence of immigrants on the appreciation of Italian food in Britain and the U.S.A.: two case studies” – WATCH HERE

12-12.20 The Dining Table
Taste in the City
What Happens on a Plate of French Food in London? The French Restaurant in London, 19th-21st centuries
Debra Kelly (University of Westminster)
12.25-13.50 The Dining Table
Food, History, Memory

The Social History of Gold Coast Food and Cooking from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century
Brandi Simpson Miller (SOAS)

Boucheries and Louisiana’s Survival Recipes
Chase Cormier (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Romanian Ethnic Foods in Early 20th Century Philadelphia: Community Celebrations of Nostalgia
Raluca Rogoveanu (Ovidius University, Constanta)


Saturday 28th November

11.30- 12. Q&A with Claire Chambers (University of York) “Literary Foodways in the Muslim South Asian Diaspora in Britain” – WATCH HERE

12.-13.20 The Dining Table

Food, Literarure and Transculturalism

Construction of Racialized and Gendered Diasporic Identities in Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?
Asma Sayed (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada)

Playing with one’s food (for thought): the food motif in French contemporary diasporic theatre
Agathe Torti Alcayaga (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord)

“Our Future is Apathy”: Fantastical consumption in a dehumanizing world
Astrid Schwegler-Castañer (University of the Balearic Islands)

“Home Food” in the Global Supermarket
Fiona Farnsworth (University of Warwick)

13.20-14.20 Break

14.20-15.40 The Dining Table

Food, Literature and Identity

The Power of Recipes: Culinary Practice as a Strategy to Deconstruct Arab-American Identity in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent
Ishak Berrebbah (Coventry University)

Seeing the invisible: Food and transcultural identity in Tränen im Sand (2013)
Chiedozie Michael Uhuegbu (Vanderbilt University)

Food, Memory and Cultural Cognizance in the Diasporic and Transnational Writings of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rituparna Mukherjee (Jogamaya Devi College Kolkata)

Hungry for a home in Susan Abulhawa’s ‘Memories in an Un-Palestinian Story, in a Can of Tuna’
Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz (University of Leeds)

Q&A and RoundTable


Friday 4th December

12.00-13.30 The Dining Table

Food and Covid 1
Italian Farmers and Migrant Farmworkers: Food Activism and Food Justice in the Time of COVID-19
Patrizia La Trecchia (University of South Florida)

Baking in the Time of Coronavirus
Muzna Rahman (Manchester Metropolitan University)

12.30-12.35 Break
Coronavirus cookbook: How global pandemic is changing China’s food landscape
Thomas David DuBois (Beijing Normal University)
Live to Eat: Impact of Covid-19 on Indian Fancy Food Habit and its Socio-Psychological Implications
Rituparna Das (independent scholar)

Q & A with Deirdre ‘Dee’ Woods (London) “Routes and Rooted: Foods from Back Home as Cultural Heritage and Resilience in Diaspora Communities”


Saturday 5th December
11.30-12.15 The Dining Table

Food and Covid 2

The British Press, Sinophobia and Chinese Food Culture since 1900
Ursula Kania and Victorina González-Díaz (University of Liverpool)

Resisting Stereotypes of Chinese Foodways through Creative Expression by the Chinese Diaspora in the UK
Lucienne Loh (University of Liverpool) and Ross G. Forman (University of Warwick)

Q&A and Roundtable

Break 12.15-13

13-14 Laila Wadia (Trieste) in Conversation with Patrizia Sambuco (IMLR), respondent Katia Pizzi (ICI London). – WATCH HERE

14 – 15.20 The Dining Table

Gendered Food Identities

At the Table with Giuseppina Torregrossa
Giovanna Summerfield (Auburn University)

Bodily Borders: making and becoming of an Indian Sylheti through the smell and taste of shidol.
Tannishtha Bhattacharjee (University of California Santa Barbara)

Feeding the New Man: The Alimentation of Masculinity and Nation in Post-independence Mozambique
Serena J. Rivera (University of Pittsburgh)

The Couscous Pot as Colonial Crucible
Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University)



Friday 11th December

11.30-13.10 The Dining Table

Food, Mobilities and Traditions

What does asylum taste like? Notes on refugees, food and translation
Andrea Ciribuco (NUI Galway)

Their Tradition is Our Innovation: Insect-Eating and the Future of Food
Nora Castle (University of Warwick)

12.10-12.15 Break

Recipes, Resilience and Resistance: Cookbooks as black empowerment
Marilisa C. Navarro (Thomas Jefferson University)

Asserting Indigenous Food Sovereignty through Art
Veronica Peredes (Lakehead University)

Trans-ethnic Performance and Pan-Asian-ness in Texas Foodways
Gina Tam and Tryne Vander Strate (Trinity University)

13.10-13.40 Q&A with Simone Cinotto (Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo) “Transatlantic Food Mobilities: Eating in the Italian Diaspora”

All are welcome to attend this free event. You will need to register in advance to receive the online event joining link, which will be valid for any or all of the sessions. Please click HERE to register.

  • Organizzato da: ICI London