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Presentations are welcome on all aspects of food and drink traditions from any cultures. Presentations last a maximum of 20 minutes, followed by around 10 minutes’ audience discussion. The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2019, but to take advantage of early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding, we recommend that you submit your abstract early.

To propose a presentation, please fill out this presentation proposal form, and e-mail it to Write ‘Abstract for Foodways and Identity’ in the subject line of the e-mail.

If you have any questions, e-mail convenor Adam Grydehøj (

Foodways and Identity

Conference on Food and Drink Traditions

18-22 November 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

This international academic conference explores how traditions involving food and drink help shape and maintain cultural identity across the globe.

Everyone eats, yet cultures around the world have developed strikingly different traditions surrounding food and drinks, ranging from customs concerning the slaughtering of animals to food preparation, snacks, meals, and toasts. Foodways may be localised, but they have also long been globalised, with trading routes transporting both staple and luxury ingredients and produce between far-flung destinations: Bronze Age salt roads, ancient intercontinental spice routes, the Classical Mediterranean’s wine and garum trades, and the introduction of New World produce into Old World kitchens all evidence the historical significance of food and drink for economies and societies.

Eating and drinking customs continue to travel, intermingle, and influence one another to this day through the increased ease with which peoples and their foods and drinks can be transported around the world. At the same time, however, people are embracing elements of their traditional (or purportedly traditional) foodways as a means of reinforcing and sustaining cultural identities. In multicultural cities, this is true for both immigrant and native populations. It is thus that, for example, the immigration-driven flourishing of foreign foodways in Copenhagen has occurred alongside revitalised or possibly reinvented traditions of ultra-localism, most notably in the form of the so-called ‘New Nordic’ cuisine.

This conference will consider the ways in which food and drink traditions interact with one another and with the cultures among which they occur. Special emphasis will be placed on the role played by foodways in the maintenance and changing of identity.

About the conference.

Foodways and Identity allows delegates to contextualise knowledge and engage with community members. On 18-20 November, delegates will explore Copenhagen’s foodways in practice. We will speak with local producers, retailers, and restaurateurs, but we will also dive into the diversity of food and drink traditions across Copenhagen’s various neighbourhoods. Delegates will get a great taste of Copenhagen identity: traditional Danish restaurants, Arab markets, hip organic café culture, the high and low cultures of the ‘New Nordic’ cuisine, old-fashioned Danish bars, outdoor Christmas markets, and much more. Delegates will also visit Tivoli Gardens, a historic amusement park that has developed into a key site for Danish identity building and cultural expression. On 21-22 December, conference presentations will be held at VerdenKulturCentret, Copenhagen’s world cultural centre.

Convenors: Paul Hartvigson & Adam Grydehøj

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Registration & accommodation.

The deadline for early registration is 31 May 2019. The final deadline for registration will be 31 August 2019, but it is possible that one or more registration categories will be completely booked prior to that date. Attendance at the conference proper is free for non-presenting delegates, but all presenting delegates must pay the conference registration fee.

Categories of registration.

Full Conference: Covers attendance at the walking trips in the city (18-20 Novemberl) and the conference presentations (21-22 November). Includes lunch and dinner on 18-22 November. Early registration fee: 6250 Danish kroner (DKK 5000 + DKK 1250 VAT).

Short Conference: Covers attendance at conference presentations (21-22 November). Includes lunch and dinner on 21-22 November. Early registration fee: 2750 Danish kroner (DKK 2200 + DKK 550 VAT).

Basic Conference: Covers attendance at conference presentations (21-22 April). Early registration fee: 1875 Danish kroner (DKK 1500 + DKK 375 VAT).

Please contact convenor Adam Grydehøj ( if you have any questions or if you are unable to pay the registration fee using PayPal.

Register for Foodways and Identity.

Prices are in Danish kroner: 10 kroner = approx. 1.3 euro.

Full Conference (+25% VAT)


Short Conference (+25% VAT)


Basic Conference (+25% VAT)