Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food - Call for papers

Topic: Examining the historical relation between nutrition, health and culture

11 January 2018

On 16 and 17 November 2018 the fifth Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food will take place at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

The Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food is the result of a collaborative partnership between the Special Collections, University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, University of Amsterdam and the research unit Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


This year’s Symposium aims at drawing into dialogue scholars exploring the historical complexities of the relationship between body and nutrition. We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the study of this relationship including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Nutritional science, dietetics, and medicine
  • Popularization and mediatisation of nutritional knowledge
  • Dieting, body images, and physical culture
  • Food, spirituality and morality
  • Public health and nutritional policy

Guidelines for Paper Proposals

The symposium program consists of plenary keynote lectures, paper presentations and panel discussions. If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium, please submit an abstract before 5 March 2018. Please expect to be presenting to a large audience of up to 250 people, including academic as well as professional participants. The symposium language is English. Presenters of accepted papers are asked to speak 20 minutes, as lively and engaging as possible, followed by a discussion with the panel and the audience under the supervision of a session chair.

Applications should include:

  • title of proposed paper
  • abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • biographical information (short CV)
  • contact information (e-mail, telephone and postal address)

Applications should be sent by the deadline of 5 March 2018 to:

Notification of acceptance:

As it may not be possible to include everyone’s submission, the organizing committee and advisory board will make a selection. You will be notified if the paper is accepted by 1 May 2018.


Registration will open in July 2018.


The programme will be published in June 2018.

Published by  Special Collections UvA