October 27, 2005
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Source: University Relations Office (URO) [newswire]
October 27, 2005
Experts serve up the history of the daily meal
McGill hosts first-of-its-kind conference on Canadian food history
Food, glorious food, is about to be served as the pièce de résistance of a three-day colloquium, "What's for Dinner? The Daily Meal through History." Co-hosted by the McCord Museum and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, the conference will be the first of its kind held in Canada and will welcome experts from a variety of fields.
When: November 2, 3 and 4, 2005
Where: McCord Museum of Canadian History, 690 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E9
What: "What's For Dinner? The Daily Meal Through History" (program available on website)
The interdisciplinary conference will bring together those in the museum world with scholars in history, art history, literature, nutrition, film studies and material culture to discuss aspects of culinary history as reflected in the daily meal. "Media with an appetite for knowledge on the historical significance of the foods we eat won't want to miss this conference," says Nathalie Cooke, event co-chair and Program Director of McGill's Institute for the Study of Canada.
Participants will include food historians and researchers, including Andrew Smith, editor for the University of Illinois Press's Food Series, Barbara Haber, author and former culinary curator of books at the Schlesinger Library, Sherrie Inness, author of numerous books on American foodways, and Tom Jaine, foremost authority on English culinary identity and owner of Prospect Books, a publishing company on cookery, food history and the ethnology of food.
During the conference, participants will also discuss changes in Canada's culinary traditions, culinary identity, food trends and revivals at panel and breakout sessions. Highlights will include:
The Changing Tastes of Montreal – Jordan Le Bel chairs this roundtable discussion (November 2, 5 pm)
Québécois Culinary Traditions - Micheline Mongrain-Dontigny lectures (November 3, 9:30 am)
Food Trends and Revivals – Sarah Musgrave lectures on "Social, cultural, and political implications of the revival of red fife wheat" (November 3, 3 pm)
Food and Gender – Sherrie Inness lectures on "Men and the Daily Meal: Cooking as Performance" (November 4, 1 pm)
Food and Ethnicity – Sneja Gunew lectures on "Affective Anxieties: Eating 'Chinese' Across the World" (November 4, 2:30 pm)
All media who wish to attend "What's for Dinner? The Daily Meal through History" or want to arrange interviews with conference participants, please contact Cynthia Lee, Communications Officer, at 514-398-6754 or by email.
About the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Over the past decade, the Institute has emerged as a significant non-partisan, bilingual and effective meeting ground that brings together a wide range of voices and ideas in exploring major issues affecting the lives and well-being of Canadians.
About McGill University
McGill University is Canada's leading research-intensive university and has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse education environments in North America. There are approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students. It is one of two Canadian members of the American Association of Universities. McGill's two campuses are located in Montreal, Canada.
About the McCord Museum
The McCord Museum is home to one of the finest historical collections in North America. It possesses some of Canada's most significant cultural treasures, including the most comprehensive collection of clothing made or worn in Canada, an extensive collection of First Nations artifacts, and the renowned Notman Photographic Archives. Exhibitions at the McCord provide inspirational and innovative interpretations of the social and cultural history of Montreal, Quebec and Canada. The McCord is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on weekends, and Mondays during the summer months, from 10 am to 5 pm. For more details, please telephone 514-398-7100 or visit the website.
McGill University Relations Office