2nd Symposium: Food, Memory & Identity in Greece & Diaspora


Deadline for submitting has now passed. Desicions will be announced on April 15.

This conference seeks to address questions surrounding Greek food, drink, foodways, cuisines and recipes and their relationship with identity (individual, class, group, regional, ethnic, national etc) and memory through the ages.

The symposium will be hosted in Amari (Rethymnon / Crete) on 20, 21 July 2013.

We welcome original contributions from scholars and professionals in the fields of humanities and social sciences (such as archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, anthropology, sociology, history, crosscultural studies, education, ethics, women studies, literature, philology and so on), ethnobotanologists, artists, activists, food practitioners.

Possibilities for announcements, posters, visual exhibitions and interactive sessions include (but are not limited to).

  • Food choices and identity in the ancient Greek and Byzantine world.
  • Relationships between dietary restrictions and identity in the Greek world.
  • Relationships between food, food and culinary practices, identity, gender and generation.
  • Gender, ethnicity and food consuming practices.
  • The role of food and eating habits in the Greek family structures.
  • The role of food, cooking and eating in Greek diasporic cultures and how is used in the processes of identity.
  • The cultural role of food and eating among immigrants and subsequent generations of immigrants in Greece.
  • Food-centered cultural histories of immigrants.
  • Food as a means of cultural transmission.
  • Cross-cultural exchanges and identity.
  • Cooking and eating as a means of connection or distinction.
  • Local food vs “foreigner”: a criterion for the formation of identity.
  • Greek food as a source of conflict.
  • Food symbols and codes.
  • Culinary nostalgia.
  • Place, culinary memory and identity.
  • Culinary memories and social life.
  • Relationships between authenticity and nationalism.
  • National culinary identity and the invention of tradition.
  • Locality as a modern food identity.
  • Cookbooks~ individual, social and national identity.
  • The role of food ‘professionals’ and food industry in shaping identity, reshaping culinary traditions or changing food images.
  • Cuisine and commerce and how commerce interrelates with identity.
  • Valuing regional identity and culinary heritage.
  • Ethnic or regional food practices and “healthy eating” system.
  • Food, foodways, memory and identity in literature, popular culture and media.

Instructions for submitting abstracts for oral / poster presentation or visual exhibition

The title, an abstract of no more than 300 words (in either Greek or English) together with a no more of 100-word biography of the speaker (in either Greek or English) should be submitted by Μarch 30, 2013 to mkavroulakis@gmail.com. In the e-mail subject please write “Symposium”.

Oral presentations will be 15 minutes long.

Both graduate and postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend the symposium and present their work in the form of a poster. (The title, an abstract of no more than 70 words – in either Greek or English- together with a bio of no more than 100 words -in either Greek or English- should be submitted by Μarch 30, 2013 to mkavroulakis@gmail.com. In the e-mail subject please write “Symposium”.)

The symposium languages are Greek and English.

Information for poster presentation and visual exhibitions

Presenters and artists are responsible for preparing their posters with the title and name(s) of author(s) or artist(s).

Size of the poster: max. H: 1,20 m, max. W: 0,80 m.

The title should be readable at a distance of 2 meters and text should be easily readable from a distance of 1 meter.

Area: lecture hall.

Interactive sessions

An abstract of no more than 300 words (in either Greek or English) to describe the theme, its relevance to the theme of the symposium, the  duration (60 minutes max), space requirement and a no more of 100-word biography  (in either Greek or English) should be submitted by Μarch 30, 2013 to mkavroulakis@gmail.com. In the e-mail subject please write “Symposium”.


  • By submitting an abstract the author allows its publication in the abstract book/congress proceedings
  • Papers presented at the symposium will be published online as part of the symposium proceedings. (Symposia of Greek Gastronomy require a non-exclusive copyright license for all the papers presented at the conference and for the presentation material. This includes potential distribution on a conference CD-ROM and/or the SGG website.)


All persons wishing to present an oral talk or a poster must complete a registration form and return it by March 30 to mkavroulakis@gmail.com.

The symposium is open to the public, but registration for non-presenting attendees is required.

There is no charge for the symposium. Moreover, refreshments, snacks and two dinners are also provided at no charge.


If possible, organizers of the symposium will provide free accommodation in private homes and local hotels for the presenters of the symposium (free accommodation for 1 presenter of a poster or an oral presentation at the time of symposium). Those interested should e-mail mkavroulakis@gmail.com to arrange such shared housing.

How to get to Amari

The symposium program will be announced by June 5.

If you have any questions please contact Mariana Kavroulaki~ mkavroulakis@gmail.com,  tel: 6970988908.


If you are unable to present, you are kindly requested to send an e-mail notification to Marian Kavroulakis mkavroulakis@gmail.com no later than June 30.

Authors who are unable to present, can locate another presenter who will present the exact paper, or can send a PowerPoint version of their presentation.

Authors who do not notify the organisers of their cancellation ahead of the meeting and fail to present their poster, will be banned from submitting an abstract at the 2015 Symposium in Chania.

This site will be updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.


About Mariana Kavroulaki

Experimental Archaeologist- Food Historian.
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