February 7-10, 2019
Hosted by James Madison University
Food is the common language of life. Across the world, people use it to establish and maintain relationships and to celebrate important events. Food also frequently takes on a symbolic dimension in culture, representing everything from love to social status. Differing approaches to its production and consumption profoundly affect our economic systems, public health, and climate. Our connection to food is multi-faceted, inspiring a wide range of creative works. This conference will be hosted by James Madison University, which is located at the center of the Shenandoah Valley, a diverse community, long-defined by food production, from family-run farms to large-scale commercial agriculture. This event brings together students from a variety of disciplines to work on projects that consider the relationship between food and place.