Call for papers. Compiling a food heritage inventory: existing knowledge, methods, and perspectives

30 November and 1 December 2009

Tours - France


The Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures d’Alimentation (European Institute of Food History and Culture), which is based in Tours, is currently endeavouring to launch a European food heritage inventory project. In order to conduct the work of reflection and discussion which is essential to the success of this ambitious and complex programme, we have considered it necessary to devote two study days to the subject of

‘Compiling a food heritage inventory: existing knowledge, methods, and perspectives’.

These study days will take place on 30 November and 1 December 2009 at the François Rabelais University (Tours, France). They will go beyond the strictly European context and be interested in the notion of a food inventory without any geographical restriction. In fact, we thought that this widening of the scope of the study was necessary so as to prepare future inventory programmes which could, in particular, be organised within the field of North/South collaboration.

Behind the explicitly worded triple themes, several possible avenues of research are to be considered:

- Contributions from researchers who have taken part in the same kind of initiative would be greatly appreciated, whether they share their experience, give a review of their activity, or comment on any difficulties - organisational, financial, or scientific - that they encountered.

- More generally, all contributions dealing with a critical analysis, an inventory, or different existing inventories will be welcome.

- Contributions concerned with the processing and exploitation of data provided by this type of inventory will have a place here. Subjects would be, for example, heritage conservation, environmental impact, and economic and tourist implications

- Contributions from researchers who come from and/or specialists of regions where no inventory work has been carried out. This information will permit the consideration of each area’s specific characteristics, whether these be assets or handicaps (Research facilities? Existing heritage policy?).

- Contributions dealing with the way in which the establishment of international cooperation can help in the carrying out of this type of programme.

Of course, this list is far from being exhaustive, and all suggestions will be considered.

Proposals in French or in English, accompanied by a summary of a few lines and a provisional title, must reach us before 6 July. You can send them to Loic Bienassis :

I draw your attention to the first edition of Euro Gusto will take place the 27th to 30th of November 2009, in the Tours’ Exhibition Centre. This “Biennial European Taste and Food Event” is organized by the Association Euro Gusto in close partnership with Slow Food, the City of Tours, the Indre-et-Loire department and the Centre Region. It will include a fair « made in Slow Food » (with a European Gastronomic Treasures Market, European Flavors of Origin Market, Educational spaces) and a Forum « Terra Madre for Young Europeans » bringing together 500 to 1,000 people (farmers, chefs, journalists, students, apprentices, etc…). The goal of Euro Gusto is to promote the recognition of the enormously rich European food culture and heritage.


Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation

European Institute for the History and Culture of Food

16 rue Briçonnet

F-37000 Tours

Tél 00 33 (2) 47 05 90 30

Fax 00 33 (2) 47 60 90 75

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