"Devouring Japan," is a 2-day interdisciplinary conference on Japanese food and food cultures to be held in Austin on February 21-22, 2014. Building on growing academic interest in food studies, the conference seeks to explore five themes that will serve as analytical frameworks for the proceedings:
Production, Consumption, Circulation, Representation, and Identity.
The conference will include innovative research that explores Japanese foods from a variety of perspectives such as: the material culture of cuisine; histories of iconic foods, beverages or key chefs/restaurateurs; ethnographic and ritual practices involving foods; government policy and the regulation of food; representations of food in art, literature
and film; globalization and/or transnational hybridization of foods; and how local, regional and national identities are shaped by foods.