The Spice of Life: Migrating Foods and the Sensual Experience of Diasporic Culture

Lead Research Organisation: University of the West of England
Department Name: Faculty of Creative Arts


The project will develop theoretical guidelines for studying food practices that migrate across borders, becoming material resources for diasporic communities, and offering new experiences for the receiving culture. As sensual culture, food can delight and disgust, and connect you materially to places and memories. Food practices will be treated as dynamic agents in cultural migration: they help and hinder our bodies' ability to change, to accommodate new sensual environments and make them palatable. This theoretical work will be demonstrated by using the example of Indian cuisine in the UK in the postwar and contemporary period.


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Description Meals and Migration, Perth Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a keynote presentation at Murdoch university that included dieticians and people working with migrants on the theme of how food connects to diaspora.

Out of this talk a number of publications emerged. I edited a special issue of New Formations on Food on the Move and included a number of people I met at this symposium. I was also invited to contribute to a special issue of the open access journal Cultural Studies Review on food.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2008