Graduate Summer Fellow Ariana Gunderson Presents at Major Food Studies Conference

gundersonconferenceAriana Gunderson, a 2018 Graduate Summer Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently presented at the leading Food Studies conference in the United States, hosted this year by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference was the annual joint meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (AFHVS/ASFS). At the conference, Ariana chaired a panel titled “Place and Time in Food Memory: Migration and Nostalgia,” and presented a paper titled Dinner Parties: A Research Site for Food Memory.

She also hosted a Nostalgia Picnic, a collaborative exploration of food memory modeled on her Nostalgia Dinner Series. Participants were invited to bring a snack that was nostalgic for them, and to share it with a small group, discussing mothers as snack gatekeepers, food as comfort in times of emotional distress, and the mystery of childhood food memory.

The text of Ariana’s presentation and resources for the Nostalgia Picnic and Nostalgia Dinner Series are available on

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