Talk: Food, Sense, Memory, History
Kelvin Low joins us for a talk on food, memory and history. At our second session on Local food and Glamour, we talked about the spaces, time and ways in which food knowledge gets passed down. Cost, lifestyle, kitchen space (private home areas that you can mess around in?) and convenience all play a part in making it harder for us to prepare food. But along with the practicalities, what role does sensory memory have in keeping our love and the value we give to food - and the land and the people producing it?
Identities of self, families, and social groups are expressed through memories and embodied recollections of the past. How is the past remembered through food and the senses? What is it about foodways that make them memorable accounts of past and present family life, as well as ethnic and national heritage? By analysing cookbooks and other forms of culinary writing comprising food memoirs and biographies, the talk demonstrates not only the importance of how food connects and feeds into one’s history, but that such links are further contextualised within the trajectory of Singapore as a food nation.
Kelvin E.Y. Low is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His main research interests include sensory studies, food and foodways, and migration and transnationalism. He has written monographs on Remembering the Samsui Women: Migration and Social Memory in Singapore and China (UBC Press 2014 & 2015; NUS Press 2015), Scents and Scent-sibilities: Smell and Everyday Life Experiences (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009), and co-edited a book on Everyday Life in Asia: Social Perspectives on the Senses (Ashgate 2010).
Part of Thinking Edibly -
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SGT
- Nóng at 33 Hyderabad Road
Listening is free, contributions welcome
- Venue Address
- 33 Hyderabad Road Singapore
To get in, you'll need to go past the visitor's centre, go straight towards the landscaped area with water, and then turn left to go down the steps towards the retail space.
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