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Food, glorious food

Food at the heart of nineteenth-century art

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Publié le jeudi 17 novembre 2016 par João Fernandes

Résumé

This symposium intends to study the various and complex relations between food, the experience of eating, and nineteenth-century art. For this conference, we welcome papers that discuss how the development of the food industry and the changing notion of “taste” and social mores are reflected in nineteenth-century art in the broadest sense. Papers may concern visual arts including graphic arts in the form of illustrated advertisements and culinary literature, as well as nouveautés (objects which were designed to reflect the evolution of eating and table manners).

Annonce

ESNA Conference: Antwerp, Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS): June 8-9, 2017

Argument

This symposium intends to study the various and complex relations between food, the experience of eating, and nineteenth-century art. Although food has always been a subject in the arts, the modes of production, distribution and consumption of nourishment changed radically during the course of the nineteenth century. Elaborate culinary experiences – which until then had been the prerogative of royalty and the aristocracy – became readily available for a much larger audience, who could dine in restaurants or feast upon descriptions of meals in culinary journals or columns in the popular press. Food decisively entered the public sphere and consciousness in cities where  new sites of consumption in the form of mouth-watering food shops and restaurants emerged. At the same time food became a marker of national identity, of gender identity, of ‘taste’, of affluence, and of social and economic status.

Modern phenomena such as industrialization, liberalization of the market, urbanization, rise of the middle class, issues of nationality and gender, leisure time and economic upheaval affected the gastronomic field as well as the depiction of it in the visual arts. The term gastronomy in itself is a nineteenth-century invention, referring to the intellectual discourse about taste and consumption. Culinary literature contained contributions by the journalistic elite, including established art critics and caricaturists writing or illustrating for the burgeoning daily and weekly presses and producing a shared language around consumption. This new fascination for food was reflected in the entire panoply of the artistic field, ranging from recipes, food literature, decorative arts and interior design to works of art and art criticism.

For this conference, we welcome papers that discuss how the development of the food industry and the changing notion of ‘taste’ and social mores are reflected in nineteenth-century art in the broadest sense. Papers may concern visual arts including graphic arts in the form of illustrated advertisements and culinary literature, as well as nouveautés(objects which were designed to reflect the evolution of eating and table manners).

Main topics

Papers may concern the following topics, but are not limited to these:

  • The depiction of markets and food shops, restaurants, cafés, kitchens and dining rooms, picnics and agriculture
  • Social status and the depiction of food
  • Still-life
  • Illustrated menus, dinner invitations, cookery books, and culinary literature
  • Food as metaphor in art criticism and caricature
  • The role of dinner clubs and restaurants in the cohesion of artistic communities and trends
  • How ‘visual’ arts evoke the multi-sensory
  • The ‘sensory turn’ and art history
  • Food and gender
  • Changes in the manner of eating and tableware
  • Rules of etiquette

Submission guidelines

Please send proposals (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper (in English) for this conference to esnaonline@hotmail.com

 by 15 January 2017 at the latest.

Selected speakers will be contacted in the course of January 2017. 

Visit our website for more information: 

https://esnaonline.wordpress.com/conferences/2017-esna-conference-food-glorious-food/

Organizing committee

  • Leen Beyers (MAS, Antwerp),
  • Allison Deutsch (University College London),
  • Maite van Dijk (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam),
  • Mayken Jonkman (RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague),
  • Lisa Smit (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)

Scientific committee

  • Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University Nijmegen),
  • Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam),
  • Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam),
  • Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University),
  • Ilja van Damme (University of Antwerp).

Lieux

  • MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) - Hanzestedenplaats 1
    Anvers, Belgique (2000)

Dates

  • dimanche 15 janvier 2017

Mots-clés

  • Nineteenth century, art, food, consumption, art history, fin de siècle, modernity, urbanization, visual arts, art criticism, decorative arts, interior design, leisure time

Contacts

  • Smit Lisa
    courriel : esnaonline [at] hotmail [dot] com

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Lisa Smit
    courriel : esnaonline [at] hotmail [dot] com

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« Food, glorious food », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le jeudi 17 novembre 2016, https://calenda.org/383853

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