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Waste Not Want Not 2019 : CfP: Waste not, Want not: Food and thrift from antiquity to the present


When Sep 12, 2019 - Sep 13, 2019
Where Cambridge, UK
Submission Deadline May 31, 2019
Categories    history   cultural studies   humanities   social sciences

Call For Papers

The Cambridge Body and Food Histories group is delighted to announce the call for papers for its second annual conference:



This day-and-a-half conference will bring together academics and professionals working within the interdisciplinary fields of food studies and food sustainability research, to reflect on past and present attitudes towards food preservation and waste. Part of an ongoing historiographical effort to better understand consuming behaviours through time, the conference aims to open up a dialogue between historians and policy makers. Using both past and present as critical lenses, the event will serve as a platform for the discussion of more sustainable food practice in the present and future.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute, Washington), and Dr Simon Werrett (UCL).
Please see the full details below or on our website.

Details on applying

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from researchers in any discipline and at any stage in their career working on FOOD WASTE AND/OR FOOD SUSTAINABILITY practices in any period of history.

Abstracts of 300 words max. should be emailed to by the deadline 31st May 2019.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

- Food preservation – methods and implements for preserving food; the temporalities of food itself (seasonality, the potential for decay)
- Management of food waste - methods and implements for disposing of or reusing food waste
- Spaces of food preservation and waste - the factory, workplace, home etc.
- Historical issues of food insecurity and food inequality - economic reasons for 'thrift' and their relationship to class/wealth
- Food waste as a moral/religious/political issue - the wider (cultural) frameworks within which food waste/'thrift' has been understood
- Questions of memory and time - the role of food waste/'thrift' in visions of the (utopian/ dystopian) future; tendencies to characterise particular periods as excessive or frugal; the impact of these visions on the present.

This conference is designed to generate an interdisciplinary discussion between scholars from a wide variety of fields: archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion with representatives from the third sector.

Any questions should be sent direct to

Note: This conference is generously funded by The University of Cambridge AHRC DTP.

Contact Email:

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