Presentation on theme: "Food Stories Peter Jackson and Daniel Mace Geographical Association annual conference, Surrey University, March 2008."— Presentation transcript:
Food Stories Peter Jackson and Daniel Mace Geographical Association annual conference, Surrey University, March 2008
Outline Background and context Introduction to the Food Stories website (and CD) Demonstration (food, migration and identity) Feedback from students Questions and discussion.
Scan from Daily Mail: So what is safe to eat?
Food Stories: context Food safety in Britain is highly politicised as a result of recent food scares (salmonella, BSE etc) Declining consumer trust, increasing anxieties about food Government policy urging a greater re- connection between food producers and consumers Food is sold with a story (Freidberg 2003).
Food stories: project background Recently completed project from the AHRC- ESRC Cultures of Consumption programme Collaboration with Neil Ward (CRE, Newcastle) and Rob Perks (National Life Stories, Sound Archive at British Library), RA Polly Russell Life history interviews with people involved in the British food industry from farm to fork.
The Food Stories website: Developed in collaboration with The British Librarys learning team: www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/foodstories Interview extracts, transcripts, biographical info, go deeper sections, teachers notes 32,000 hits in first month; press coverage in Independent, Guardian, Times and Yorkshire Post Students can navigate through the material in different ways, a non-didactic approach to food and farming issues.
Food, migration and identity (three extracts): Claudia Roden on Middle Eastern cooking and notions of ethnic heritage Wing Yip on the first Chinese restaurants in Britain and the idea of niche markets Rosamund Grant on Caribbean food, stereotyping and constructions of the exotic.