A conference exploring historical and contemporary attitudes and traditions around food and drink

Food Matters

This conference brings together scholars of the premodern world and local Twin Cities food and beverage producers to explore the long and varied histories of issues such as sustainability, international trade, and food inequality, as well as community notions about who, what, where and how people should and do eat. While modern scientific research has revolutionized methods of food production and forms of consumption, culture is and has been central in the ways in which we choose what and how to eat and drink, and with whom. The talks and events in this conference are designed to help us see how culture—in the form of ethics, family and communal identity, archives and memory, or trade and migration—not only shaped the premodern food landscape, but continues to do so in the local Twin Cities food scene.

Conference organizers are:

Michelle Hamilton, Ph.D. Professor, Spanish & Portuguese and Director, Center for Medieval Studies

Emily Beck, Ph.D. Assistant Curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Marguerite Ragnow, Ph.D. Curator, James Ford Bell Library

This conference has been made possible through generous grants and in-kind donations from the following organizations:

2019 MAA/CARA Conference Grant from the Medieval Academy of America

2019 Imagine Fund Special Events Award, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Minnesota

Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, University of Minnesota

Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota

The Associates of the James Ford Bell Library

Surly Brewing

Schell’s Brewery