Symposium of Australian Gastronomy



Symposium of Australian Gastronomy


Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th December 2016

     At this coming-of-age gathering of gastronomic scholars, writers and practitioners, we are looking with hope towards bright food futures with our guiding theme of 'Utopian Appetites'.

     The year 2016 marks five centuries since the publication of Thomas More's Utopia (1516). With its founding principles of desire, order, justice and hope, utopia represents a framework to think about gastronomy as both an imaginary ideal and a realisable goal for the future. The utopian theme encourages us to envisage the gastronomic project of eating well, bridging disciplinary boundaries, encompassing different spaces, practices, cultures and times.

The Symposium will take place at William Angliss Institute and the University of Melbourne with a daytrip by bus to Central Victoria. The cost is $575 per person ($400 for students). This covers all food, wine and excursion costs. Travel to Melbourne and accommodation is not included.  The conference will run from Friday evening to Monday evening which will conclude with the banquet dinner. Tuesday morning will be dedicated to discussing the theme and location for the next Symposium.

In keeping with the tradition of the Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, please come with a spirit of participation, indulgence and hope.

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Jacqueline Dutton



7th to 10th December, 2016

The centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide is hosting the 23rd annual conference of the Agri-food network in Adelaide from December 7-10. This represents a group of scholars, students and activists who are interested in critical political and theoretical issues in agri-food systems.

This conference begins the day following the close of the Australian Symposium of Gastronomy and may be of interest to some of those attending the Melbourne meeting.

There has been a call for papers for Agrifood XXIII and these are due by August 1st, 2016. Full details are available on the Agrifood site here.