Call for Papers for conference: Conference on Approaches to Studying Food and Drink in Egypt and Sudan

The Institut français d’archéologie orientale and Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Research Centre in Cairo are organising an international conference on food and drink in Egypt and Sudan throughout history, focusing on the continuity and innovations that have occurred at times of change. It will be held in Cairo, on March 21–23, 2018.

Whether political, religious, cultural or environmental, drastic transformations have often left their mark on food. They affected available ingredients, how they were prepared and consumed, and even people’s attitude towards certain items. The conference will aim to question notions of continuity in both Egyptian and Sudanese cuisines, focusing on shifts observed in food and drink as a result of times of transitioning.

Presented papers will not only cover a wide geographical and temporal range, but are expected to be interdisciplinary, highlighting the diverse methodologies and datasets that can be used to study food- and drinkways.By including both Egypt and Sudan together, the meeting will allow scholars to reflect on (dis)similarities on continuities and traditions between these neighbouring countries.

By providing a platform for experts from different fields, working in distinct environments, using diverse approaches to study food- and drinkways, the conference will first and foremost build bridges and connections between varied specialists, emphasising the importance and value of interdisciplinary and cross-regional studies. The conference will serve to further the potential of collaborations and mutual understanding between specialists working on food and drink in this region in Africa.

Deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2017.