The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2017

Conference “Food Cultures, Migration and Mobility”

September 15-16, 2017
Star Store Campus, 175 Purchase St. (downtown New Bedford, MA)

Food Cultures, Migration and Mobility

On September 15 and16, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the Cardiff University School of Modern Languages will host an international conference at UMD’s Star Store Campus, located at 175 Purchase St. in downtown New Bedford.

As societies and the goods that they produce become increasingly mobile, and as time and money for leisure activity become more readily available in European and American societies, food has become not just a reflection of the geographical and cultural context in which it is produced, prepared and consumed, but a marker of identity in and of itself. In a transnational world, where people move across cultures with greater ease and frequency, the relationship between food, culture and translation comes to the fore. Yet this relationship remains under-researched. Food security and food politics are at the root of many decisions taken by individuals, communities, businesses and states, but the presence of food in histories of political events is often overlooked. For mobile people, food may be a marker of separation or a bridge to other cultures. Food security may have impelled migration, while food practices contain knowledge and memory.

In this conference, through a series of presentations, workshops and discussions, a group of international scholars, cooks, and other food afficionados will explore food cultures and practices in contexts of mobility and migration, including the extent to which the materiality of food enables us to trace the histories of daily life for specific communities and groups; how can we record and archive food experiences; and in what ways food marks culture.

Notable among the presenters, are David E. Sutton, professor of anthropology at Southern Illinois University, who will be the keynote speaker with a talk titled "Cooking, The Senses and Moral Economies: Reflections on Food in Crisis Greece,” and local cookbook author Maria Lawton.

“Food Cultures, Migration and Mobility” is part of the project Pão e Vinho sobre a Mesa: Portuguese Food Cultures, Mobility and Migration, supported by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian of Portugal.

Registration is required for this conference. For more information go to or contact Sonia Pacheco at (508) 999-8695/