ADI - Professor Paul Freedman, History, Yale University - Asian Dynamics Initiative UCPH

Julie Sommerlund, Associate dean for external relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen

Inaugural keynote lecture by Professor Paul Freedman, History, Yale University

"Asian Restaurants in London and New York"

The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) is pleased to announce the 7th annual international ADI conference

Food, Feeding, and Eating In and Out of Asia

Food, feeding, and eating activities are as old as life itself, but recently there has been a heightened interest in such issues within policy-making, international relations, and academic scholarship ranging from the bio-medical, philosophical, historical, and political to the social, cultural, economic, and religious. Food is both global and local: while foods, cuisines, recipes, people, and culinary cosmopolitanisms have been in global circuits of flows and circulations through various periods of history, the smells, sights, sounds, textures, and tastes of local foodscapes may evoke memories of ‘home’ and imaginations of travel alike. Moreover, with increasing numbers of people concentrated in large cities and urban agglomerations, the challenges of feeding people are becoming ever more complex. Against the backdrop of globalisation of Asia and Asian foods, this conference focuses on the wide-ranging aspects of production, consumption, distribution, disposal, and circulation of foods in and out of Asia.

Food, Feeding, and Eating In and Out of Asia is the 7th in a series of annual, interdisciplinary conferences initiated by ADI in 2008. ADI is a cross-faculty and interdisciplinary effort to meet the current challenges and demands for better knowledge of and deeper insights into Asian matters.