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Conference: “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe”: Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas

April 5, 2018 - April 7, 2018

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The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies (NC State University) and Center for Regional Food Studies (University of Arizona) will host an international conference—titled From “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe:” Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas —at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) on April 5-7, 2018.

Middle Eastern cuisines seems to have been suspended outside time in popular imagination and culture. The reality is quite the opposite. Since the earliest days of Middle Eastern diasporas to the Americas (1880s-1940s), cuisines that originated in the cities and villages of the Eastern Mediterranean have undergone spectacular transformations in their evolution both within the Middle East and beyond: in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. At the same time, distance, new social and natural ecologies, nostalgia, longing and post-traumatic stress have reshuffled the role of food in Middle Eastern identity(ies). The social contexts of these cuisines — in many terms of their significance in memory, oral histories, intergenerational transmission of cultural identities and tourist promotion — have also shifted or diversified over the decades.

These issues are in ways similar for every refugee and immigrant group, but they are especially poignant during the centennial anniversary of Middle Eastern diasporas that shaped the “home”: region and world. Yet the way in which these issues have shaped the experience of Middle Eastern food has increased to the point of rendering it into a globalized cuisine, and at a time when concomitant scholarly research is growing around this topic, there is a compelling need to delve deeper into the meanings and transformations of Middle Eastern food. This conference seeks to facilitate and advance this emerging conversation in two ways. First, we seek to unpack the power dynamics embedded in, and generated by, cultural and religious productions, economic relations and political negotiations centered on discourses about food and culinary culture. We also aim to investigate the ways that food and associated cultural expressions have morphed and diversified around Middle Eastern diaspora across time and space.

For more information and to register, please visit here. Presented by Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, Center for Regional Food Studies, and Empire Eats.

April 5-7, 2018

1911 Building Room 129

NC State University

Details about the conference and requirements for paper proposal submissions are provided through the link below. The conference is co-hosted by Dr. Akram Khater (North Carolina State University-Khayrallah Center) and Dr. Gary Nabhan (University of Arizona-Center for Regional Food Studies).

Paper proposals are due Friday, November 3, 2017 and may be emailed to Akram Khater at Successful applicants will be informed by Friday, November 17, 2017.


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Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies

North Carolina State University


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