Meeting Food and ‘fooding’ – encounters between well-known and surprising qualities of food panel at Nordic STS

Dear all,

We kindly invite papers for our upcoming panel: Meeting Food and ‘fooding’ – encounters between well-known and surprising qualities of food.

Nordic STS Conference

13 – 14 June 2019, Tampere University, Finland


Heather Paxson, Interim Head and professor, MIT Anthropology Faculty

Kasper Ostrowski, Ph.D., Aarhus University, CC


We encounter food every day. In various settings, in multiple versions and with a wide array of consequences and affordances. Food is both a necessity and a choice. In this session, we will investigate the ‘orderings’ of food (Latour, 2006; Law, 1994); the multiple ways, in which we ‘meet’ and practice food. What is present, emerging, made available, – and/or excluded through metrological work? (Callon et al., 2002) How, when and where? Food and foodstuff have recently taken the centre stage in our public domain. In a Nordic setting, the once frozen grounds of the cold north seem to be thawing out. Notions of origin, terroir and place-specific food and produce are gaining increasing interest in Scandinavia. Both food as a gerund – fooding – and the changing foodscape is and has been prone for STS based inquiries (Eg.:Mol, 2014; Paxson, 2016).


We encourage Food focused STS scholars, geographers, statisticians and others with interest in food research to explore and perform food encounters – in particular we encourage creative presentations, including tastings, short movies, performance lectures and the like.

The session will be orchestrated by professor Heather Paxson, MIT and Ph.D. Kasper Ostrowski, AU. It will be hosted by Kasper with Heather somehow present as ‘non-present participant’.