Book Launch: The Tastes and Politics of Inter-Cultural Food in Australia



WHEN: 6pm – 11 May 2018


You are invited to attend the book launch of:
'The Tastes and Politics of Inter-Cultural Food in Australia' by Dr Sukhmani Khorana (University of Wollongong).

The book will be launched by Professor Greg Noble (Western Sydney University), and include a panel discussion. This event is sponsored by the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) and the University of Wollongong's Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN).

MC: Sunil Badami

Panellists: Culinary historian and writer Charmaine O'Brien, community cultural development practitioner and writer Dr Paula Abood, Professor Greg Noble, and author Dr Sukhmani Khorana.

Book Summary:

In the 21st century, an accelerated pace of global movements of people, goods, capital, technology and ideas has led to ambivalence regarding cultural identity for individuals, as well as collectives like neighbourhoods and cities. While the preparation, availability and consumption of diverse foods have become symbolic of the very openness of a place, there are concerns that this is only reflective of a superficial and consumerist form of middle class cosmopolitanism.

Using food-oriented case studies centred on Australian cities and media, Khorana argues for a processual understanding of cosmopolitanism. Such an approach helps us understand various kinds of social bonds formed over food as ‘convivial’ practices that are potentially ethical and/or reflexive as opposed to being driven by ‘othering’ discourses.

Free entry, food and drink for purchase.

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