The Taste of War Conference

The Taste of War: 

Values and Meaning of Food in WWII Italy and France

Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory

Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Friday 5 July 2019

Room G37, 09:15-18:15

09:15    Registration and coffee

09:50    Welcome and Introduction: Katia Pizzi(IMLR/London)

10:00    Keynote Address

Kay Chadwick(Liverpool):  ‘Let Them Eat Bread! Feeding the Propaganda Machine

 in Wartime France’

11:00    Coffee break

11:15    Panel 1: Bread, Politics and Resistance

Karima Moyer-Nocchi (Siena/Roma Tor Vergata):  ‘Pane unico, tanti ricordi: A Panis Perspective of the Late Fascist Era’

Paula Schwartz(Middlebury College):  ‘Every Bite a Battle: Food and Politics in Occupied France’ 

Patrizia Sambuco(IMLR/London):  ‘Food Protests and Food for the Senses: Women in Occupied Italy’

13:00    Lunch

14:00    Panel 2: The Allied Food Aid: Memory and Debates 

Teresa Fiore(Montclair):  ‘Food, Hunger, Migration and the American Myth in Sicily at the Time of the WWII Allied Landing’

Lisa Payne Ossian(Des Moines Area Community College):  ‘“The Grimmest Spectre”:  The French & Italian Dilemmas within the World Famine Emergency of 1946’

15:00    Coffee break

15:15    Panel 3: Food, Women’s Education and Literary Resistance

Marta Brunelliand Anna Ascenzi(Macerata):  ‘Believe, Obey, Cook! Educating Girls and Women for War in Fascist Italy: Between Domestic Virtues and Public Duties (1929-1944)’

Maria Grazia Scrimieri(Côte d’Azur):  ‘Broth, Rice andsoffritto. Food as an Unintentional Tool of Political Commitment in L’Agnese va a morire’

Tommasina Gabriele(Wheaton College): ‘“Non volevo arrendermi”: Food and Resistance in Alba de Céspedes’ Dalla parte di lei’

17:00    Concluding Remarks:Patrizia Sambuco(IMLR/London)

17:15-18:15 Wine reception


Kindly supported by the Cassal Endowment Fund and the Society of Italian Studies

Registration: Standard £20 | Unwaged £10