The Language of Food: Knowledge, Taste and Memory in Some Portuguese-American Kitchens

21/02/2018, 16:00 - 17:30


A research seminar as part of the Borders and Bodies research theme at the School, with Dr Rhian Atkin (Cardiff School of Modern Languages).

The presentation will outline some initial findings from the research project, “Pão e vinho sobre a mesa: Portuguese food cultures, mobility and migration”.  The project focuses on the Portuguese diaspora community of New Bedford, SE Massachusetts, USA, and examines how food practices and knowledges circulate in contexts of migration.  This talk will explore knowledge about food as bodily and situated, linked to the emotions and to personal relationships.  I will draw on interviews and culinary workshops with research participants to examine how foods and foodways coded as “Portuguese” become crucial identity markers across borders.

Rhian Atkin is Senior Lecturer in Portuguese and Principal Investigator on the Gulbenkian-funded project “Pão e vinho sobre a mesa: Portuguese food cultures, mobility and migration”.  Her current research focuses on food, identity and performance in migration.

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Borders and Bodies Seminar Series