Call for Papers: ESSHC 2018 Panel - Consumption, Food and Social Change

RHN 72/2017 | Call

Organisers: Centre de Recerca d’Història Rural of University of Girona & GDRI AAA “Agriculture, Approvisionnement, Alimentation”

4-7 April 2018, Belfast, N-Ireland

Deadline for proposals: 28 April 2017


Call for Papers:
Panel at the ESSHC 2018 in Belfast
Consumption, Food and Social Change

How have consumption patterns historically changed? What was the relative proportion of food products on the overall household consumption in the past? Analysing the evolution of consumption in history is a way to examine the trends of living standards, as well as social inequalities, in human societies. The role of food in relation to other consumption goods used to be different, in each historical context, according to the characteristics of the different social groups. Indeed, this role and the general evolution of consumption, which is not necessarily linear, have been conditioned by the opportunities given by the different conjunctures and historical contexts. These opportunities may have affected the existent social groups in different ways, to the extent to even transforming them into new social groups. The aim of this seminar is to join scholars that analyse these problems in concrete historical contexts, in order to answer the following question: what does data on consumption and food intake tell us about social change in history?

Centre de Recerca d’Història Rural of University of Girona
International Scientific Coordination Network (GDRI) AAA “Agriculture, Approvisionnement, Alimentation”

Researchers interested in presenting a paper at this session should send a title before 28 April 2017 to Rosa Congost (

Closing date for panel submissions via the ESSHC website is 1 May 2017.

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