Events by SIEF Working Group on Food Research


SIEF 23nd International Ethnological Food Research Conference:
Food, people and the city. Comparative perspectives
MAS Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
September 21-23, 2022 (postponed because of corona crisis)

Click here to view the event programme

At this time, we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 and to protect at risk groups. The different vaccines that are being introduced give us hope, but we still have to be realistic about the future. Bringing a group of international speakers together might still be impossible in September 2021 in Belgium. Therefore, we have come to the conclusion that a live conference in September 2022 (21-23 September 2022) fits best the goals of the SIEF network and MAS

The revised schedule is as follows:

  • 1 September 2021: deadline to re-confirm your intention to participate in the conference in 2022
  • 1 October 2021: the exact title of your talk, a definitive abstract (max. 500 words) for the Book of Abstracts, and a short bio (max. 200 words) including your current affiliation
  • 1 March 2022: Online Registration Form to be completed (online by January 2022)
  • 1 May 2022: deadline to pay the conference fee
  • 6 September 2022: deadline for your paper


Professor J.M. van Winter Stipend. The Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek, Amsterdam, offered the Professor J.M. van Winter Stipend to support research in the History of Food collection of the University of Amsterdam by scholars working in the area of Food Studies.

Please have a look here. Deadline was 15 August 2019.

SIEF 22nd International Ethnological Food Research Conference
Tradition and nutritional science in the modern food chain
26 - 29 September 2018
Kalamata, Greece
3rd circular update available now:
Download PDF PDF

22nd food research conference

Coin SIEFAmerica farm school


Prof. Antonia Matalas, School of Health and Education,
Harokopio Univesity, Athens
Prof. Philippos Papadopoulos, American Farm School, Thessaloniki

Conference Theme

People are influenced by a variety of factors when they choose their food: culinary traditions, socialisation, peer influence and quality. Food quality is closely linked to people’s perceptions of what constitutes “good” and “bad” food. In the past, the quality of food was determined by culinary traditions and cultural norms, while in modern times, technological progress has narrowed the way people view food and, at the same time, has posed new complex questions about what is good to eat and what is not. Thus, health and nutritional information constitutes an important element whenever people engage with food. The conference aimed to discuss how health concerns converge with, or, on the contrary, diverge from, the traditional “gastronomic” view, in various facets of the food chain.

Organisers invited papers covering any topic related to the convergence with, or the divergence from, gastronomy and health sciences, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Promotion of local and ethnic cuisines: tradition versus health.
  • Healthy eating and the appropriation of cucina povera by the upper classes. 
  • Process versus form in traditional foods: can an industrially-made traditional item be considered authentic?
  • Social and historical aspects of professionally-endorsed dietary advice.
  • Healthy eating models and the ways in which these are perceived by various actors: e.g. what are the connotations of the Mediterranean diet according to health professionals as opposed to those attributed to it by the professionals in the food service?
  • Shifts in food evaluation across time, cultures, age groups etc.: e.g. discuss changes observed in the status of a particular food item, from being viewed as a good / healthy food to being regarded as a bad / unhealthy one.
  • Does the presence of nutritional information affect food enjoyment?
  • Are the media (e.g. TV cooking shows with an emphasis on nutritional facts and novelty) destroying or facilitating mother's traditional nourishing role?

SIEF 21st International Ethnological Food Research Conference
Places of Food Production. Origin, Identity, Imagination
31 August to 2 September 2016, Heidelberg (Germany) organized by Prof Dr. Silke Bartsch (PH Karlsruhe - University of Education Karlsruhe)

The SIEF 21st International Ethnologicial Food Research Conference in Heidelberg took place from 31 August to 2 September 2016. The aim of the conference was to analyse the interaction between food, self conceptions and region. Therefore, the conference took a close look at places of food production. The Conference theme was divided into three thematic streams: Food and Region, Hidden/Visible Food and Imagination about Food, Alienation and the Handling of Food.

Final Programme PDF