On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) at New York University, the Center was interested in organizing a series of programs and events to reflect on food as a nexus for discussions about philanthropy, social justice, and cultural exchange across the global Hispanophone. We at the KJCC were especially interested in thinking about how food (discourse and matter) could be an occasion to study, challenge, and rethink the linguistic, geographic, and material boundaries that traditionally define fields like Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Peninsular studies. In its transfer across different times and spaces, while also carrying, conserving, and sustaining ideas and traditions from points of origin and exchange, we felt that through this interdisciplinary discussion of food, the KJCC could serve as a platform for bringing together scholars from food studies who might otherwise not sit across the same (virtual)...
Across Time, Space, and Matter: A Panel Discussion on Food in the Hispanic World
H. Rosi Song is a professor of Hispanic studies at Durham University and author of Lost in Transition: Constructing Memory in Contemporary Spain (Liverpool UP, 2016). Her most recent book, co-written with Anna Riera, is A Taste of Barcelona. The History of Catalan Cooking and Eating (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).
Rebecca Earle is a professor of history at Warwick University. Her most recent book, Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato (Cambridge University Press, 2020), traced the global history of the potato from the Andes to everywhere.
Melissa Fuster is an associate professor in the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Author of Caribeños at the Table: How Migration, Health, and Race Intersect in New York City (University of North Carolina Press, 2021), her research examines cultural contextual factors influencing food practices, with a current focus on food environments.
Lara Anderson is an associate professor in the Spanish and Latin American Studies program at the University of Melbourne. Her main research area is Spanish food culture, and her recent monograph, Control and Resistance: Food Discourse in Franco Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2020), looked at food discourse as a site of control and resistance.
Jordana Mendelson is director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is author of Documenting Spain: Artists, Exhibition Culture and the Modern Nation 1929–1939 (Penn State University Press, 2005) and Magazines and War 1936–1939 (MNCARS, 2007).
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H. Rosi Song, Rebecca Earle, Melissa Fuster, Lara Anderson, Jordana Mendelson; Across Time, Space, and Matter: A Panel Discussion on Food in the Hispanic World. Gastronomica 1 August 2022; 22 (3): 27–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2022.22.3.27
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