The Australian Food, Society and Culture Network includes members from around Australia and also links to other related networks both within Australia and in other countries. Members of the network are from a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences but also marketing, nutrition, medicine, public health and health policy.
Our members are interested in such topics as health, body weight, gender and sexual identity, the family, agriculture and food provisioning, the cross-cultural dimensions of food and eating, the portrayal of food and cooking in the media, the history of food, indigenous foodways and sustainable food systems.
The network particularly seeks to explore the ways in which food and eating practices can be examined critically and theorised using relevant socio-cultural theoretical perspectives.
The main purposes of the Australian Food, Society and Culture Network are:
The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of the network is reflected in several thematic groups representing our current membership's research interests. The thematic groups may meet individually, but the Australian Food, Society and Culture Network organises a meeting once a year in an annual workshop where all the thematic groups can come together to present research and exchange ideas. The thematic groups are:
Dr Tania Cammarano
Ms Vita Christie
Ms Shauna Downs
Dr Christina (Lina) Nope-Williams
Clinical Associate Professor Smita Shah
Dr Sian Supski
AFSCN Symposium – Data, Diets, Digitalism: Emergent Food Research Methodologies
This one-day symposium examined emergent research methodologies in the study of food, nutrition, and diet. We looked at the ways in which new methodologies to examine food and food cultures have expanded, both with technologies of the digital age that reconfigure systems of food production and production, as well as new sensory (tactile/haptic, visual, olfactory), representational, cultural, and social practices that shape the food citizen. We also examined moving boundaries in the study of food, society, and culture through the lends of foodscape mapping, reflexive research methods, and indigenous/cross-cultural food pedagogies.
Download the 2019 Symposium Program (pdf, 873.5 KB)
AFSCN Symposium- Food and Place, Food and Displace
The aim of this one-day symposium was to present and discuss research on the relationships between eating, drinking, place and culture. We looked at the ways in which settings, places and habitats construct opportunities for old and new forms of alimentation and cultural significance. The symposium presented research on the experiences of those who have been, by accident or design, displaced from their foodways. The event included an interactive 'dessert-in-hand' food experience hosted by Post Dining. In the afternoon a workshop was held to discuss the research and actions for the network in 2019.
Download the 2018 Symposium Program (pdf, 383.6KB)
2016 Symposium - Food Paradoxes: Equity, Access and Excess
This one-day symposium examined contemporary politics and paradoxes of food in the context of equity, access and excess. In a world where increasing poverty and disadvantage contribute to hunger and health disparities, we are seeing the systematic collection of surplus food that is re-circulated and distributed through local networks, food charity services and food banks. At the same time social issues like obesity are interpreted as symptomatic of excess and a mismatch between biological and social environments, and over-consumption of readily accessible processed foods. Equity, access and excess are thus nodes of complex cultural systems that contribute to current practices of how we eat and the everyday performances and representations of food politics.
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2013 Symposium - Food, Gender and the Family
Download the 2013 Symposium Program (pdf, 148.8 KB)
1st Australian Food, Society and Culture Network Workshop
Download the 2012 Symposium Program (pdf, 90 KB)