Waste not, Want not: Food and thrift from antiquity to the present

Event Details

  • Event date: 12/09/2019 – 13/09/2019
  • Venue: University of Cambridge
  • CFP Deadline: 31/05/2019

This day-and-a-half conference will bring together academics and professionals working within the interdisciplinary fields of food studies and food sustainability research, to reflect on past and present attitudes towards food preservation and waste. Part of an ongoing historiographical effort to better understand consuming behaviours through time, the conference aims to open up a dialogue between historians and policy makers. Using both past and present as critical lenses, the event will serve as a platform for the discussion of more sustainable food practice in the present and future.


Keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute, Washington) and Dr Simon Werrett (UCL).


We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from researchers in any discipline working on food waste and/or food sustainability practices in any period of history


Abstracts of 300 words max. should be emailed to foodandthrift@yahoo.com


Further details to be found at https://bodyandfoodhistories.wordpress.com/wastenotwantnot/