Social & Cultural

This theme covers social aspects of the food system, including consumer culture in relation to food, the history of food and the development of agriculture, interactions between food and other social issues, and the wider implications of food-related technologies.

Sugar consumption has more than tripled worldwide in the past 50 years, contributing to an elevated burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and certain forms of cancer.

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The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy will be celebrated in Melbourne, Australia, from Friday 2 to Tuesday 6 December 2016. With our guiding theme of ‘Utopian Appetites’, we are looking with hope towards bright food futures.

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The University of Oxford, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies are bringing together a diverse group of archaeologists, scientists, cooks, and classical scholars to discuss ancient fish production. Classical antiquity witnessed many challenges that we would recognise today – population expansion, mass migration, border disputes, and over exploitation of resources. Like us, the Roman Empire processed and consumed fish on an industrial scale. How did ancient cultures shape the modern seas? What can past industries tell us about the present?

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Local Food Celebration

Date: Saturday 20 September

Time: 12-3pm

Venue: Oxford Town Hall

Tickets cost £25 - Find out more and book tickets online.

On Saturday 20 September, Cultivate - Oxford's local food cooperative - would like to invite you to join us at our first ever feast at Oxford Town Hall. This lunchtime event will showcase the best of Oxfordshire’s homegrown food, prepared expertly by some of the most talented chefs in the county.

You will be treated to a delicious three course lunch, as well as interesting talks from local food producers, key food buyers within Oxford, and our local chefs. Come alone to meet interesting people and discover more about Oxford’s local food scene, or come with friends and book a whole table to yourselves! 

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 22 May

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: Amy Sharrocks, Artist, filmmaker and sculptor

Bodies of water

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 8 May

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: Nadine Levin, University of Exeter

Microbes matter: metabolism and chronic disease in contemporary biomedicine

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 12 June

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: John Coveney, Flinders University

‘The disenchantment of the plate’

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Trinity Term 2014

Date: Thursday, 1 May

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Amy McLennan

Speaker: Emily Yates-Doerry, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

“How many bodies?” The clinic, the kitchen, and the context of obesity

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Hilary Term 2015

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

To view previous speakers, and to access slides and audio recordings from previous seminars, please visit our seminar archive.

All welcome!

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Date: Thursday 5 March

Time: 1-2 pm

Speaker: Osea Giuntella, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Title: Are Tacos Healthier than Burgers? Migration, Food Diversity, and Health Gains from Variety

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Hilary Term 2015

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

To view previous speakers, and to access slides and audio recordings from previous seminars, please visit our seminar archive.

All welcome!

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Date: Thursday 12 February

Time: 1-2 pm

Speaker: Sebastiano Collino, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Title: Healthy ageing, longevity and stratified intervention for the elderly population

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