ESNA Conference 2017: Food, glorious food


Organized by ESNA (European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art) and MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom) Antwerp, in conjunction with the exhibition ANTWERP À LA CARTE which looks at the intimate relationship between food and the city.

Food, glorious food: Food at the heart of nineteenth-century art
June 8-9, 2017
Antwerp, Museum Aan de Stroom 

Call for papers: 

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).

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

Please send proposals (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper (in English) for this conference to by 15 January 2017 at the latest. Selected speakers will be contacted in the course of January 2017.

For more information you can download the pdf here: Call for Papers Info 


Download the full conference programme here: Programme

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