The many challenges surrounding human nutrition and food security are the focus of ever growing interest, especially in the context of climate change. This international, interdisciplinary conference will discuss developments in these issues through the 20th and 21st century. In its first strand, the conference will approach the experience of hunger or malnutrition, and how these problems have been dealt with, in various contexts characterized by scarcity and limited individual or collective access to food and nourishment in general. In particular, everyday experiences and specific coping strategies will be examined and contextualized. The second theme of the conference will be (mal-)nourishment in the contexts of political, economic and social deprivation, of war, and of collective social engineering strategies employed by political and military leaders or scientists. Topics here will include hunger and food deprivation as a weapon, or as the consequence of political programming and ideology in the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on the correlations between nutrition and approaches to modernisation. Third, the conference will scrutinize the ever more subtle subjectification processes surrounding food intake and nutrition, especially the avoidance of certain nutrients that have gained in appeal throughout the 20th century and into this one. In this strand, the conference will consider the intricate linkages between processes of identity formation and diverse practices of nourishing body and soul in post-industrial societies. The themes of each strand of the conference are characterised by ongoing processes of scientification and institutionalisation, processes which will be traced back to their original contexts, in order to uncover their many-faceted developments and entanglements, and to explore the diverse ties between these historical origins and developments and present day phenomena.
Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover; 21.06.2017 - 23.06.2017
Organisiert von Prof. Dr. Tatjana Tönsmeyer und Dr. Heike Wieters
Finanziert durch die VolkswagenStiftung