CESAU Symposium: Cross Disciplinarity in Food Studies - Potentials and Challenges

A CESAU symposium featuring prof. Carole Counihan, Dep. of Anthropology, Millersville University, USA and Michelle Williams, AU Food Platform, Department of Food Studies.

22.12.2013 | Kristian Lindegaard Svendsen

Dato tor 15 maj
Tid 10:30 15:30
Sted Building 1584, room 112, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 145

N.B. Please note that there has been a change of location. We meet at: Building 1584, room 112, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 145

Food is a major topic in Danish and international research. In health, agricultural and scientific research, in marketing and consumer studies, food in its diverse and many aspects play an important role. Sociology and anthropology also have long traditions of observing and theorizing food habits and differences among ethnic cultures, classes, genders, ages and individuals. In many scientific disciplines food has become an actual topic – but how can all these perspectives on food enrich each other and generate new knowledge? How do we develop projects across disciplines? What is the difference between cross-inter-trans- etc. disciplinarity? What are the challenges, obstacles and potentials? Which pitfalls should we be aware of? What is scientific knowledge in the borderland between disciplines? How do we manage different paradigms, concepts of validity and ideals of writing? How do we understand patterns of innovation, production, distribution and consumption of food as integrated and interdependent processes?

In order to meet the current societal problems related to food, we must necessarily develop even wider cross-disciplinary projects than we see presently. We find it necessary to explore and open up for a debate of how we can develop true cross-disciplinary research projects that will enrich local research programs as well as create new horizons for international cooperation. We therefore have invited experienced researchers – across disciplines – to share and discuss their experiences, approaches and visions with us.

The arrangement is organized by CESAU, Centre for Sociological Studies at Aarhus University. It is open for all. Please sign up by sending a mail – before 12th of May – to CESAU: kristianlindegaardsvendsen@gmail.com



  • 10.30:  Coffee
  • 11.00: Visiting Professor Emeritus Carole Counihan, Millersville University, USA: “Studying food across disciplines: Potentials and Challenges”
  • 12.15: Lunch break
  • 13.00: Roundtable with invited quests: 

    • Pro-Rector Søren E. Frandsen, Aarhus University (invited)
    • Professor Kim Overvad, Dep. of Public Health, Aarhus University (confirmed)
    • Professor Ole G. Mouritsen, Dep. Of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark (confirmed)
    • Professor Lotte Holm, Dep. of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen (confirmed)
    • Vice Dean for Research and Talent Development Anne Marie Pahuus, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, AU (confirmed)

  • 14.00: Discussion
  • 14.30: Coffee
  • 14.45: Head of Department, Dep. of Food Science, Michelle Williams, AU Food Platform: summing up and reflections

Organizers and moderators: ass. prof. Karen Klitgaard, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University and ass. prof. Susanne Højlund, Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. 

Find the official poster here