17th October: Politics of Food – dinner with SOASIS

Thursday 17th October, food7pm 1st floor staff lounge, main building (Russel Sq campus)

Who “owns” hummus? And why might it matter?
Why do stereotypes of the female home cook and male chef persist?
How does conflict affect food, diets and health?
What is the role of cherished recipes in creating or sustaining national identity and cultural memory? (Including among refugees and diaspora communities)

If these questions are getting your mind racing and your mouth watering, then you are invited to join us for an evening of dinner and discussion.
We ask you to bring a dish that has a connection to your family history or is special to you, preferably home-cooked. Please be ready to tell us a bit about it.
NB: the staff lounge has a microwave.
Printed recipes for swapping are also very welcome!!!
The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Steinfeld, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2013, and massive foodie.

Looking forward to meeting you all, and sampling your cooking! All are welcome, and there will be plenty of time to chat and get to know each other.

We will be providing disposable cutlery and crockery but please do bring your own so that we can waste less, there will be washing up facilities in the space, as well as a microwave for heating food up. The room is wheelchair accessible and if you have any further access requirements/ anything we can help you with, please get in touch. 
Rebecca Steinfeld who will be facilitating the discussion has recommended some excellent reading for the event:

Also, you might want to read this discussion between Israeli and Palestinian chefs Yotam Ottolenghi, Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt: