Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery

Oxford food symposium

This weekend I am delighted to be attending the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery for the second time. This year’s theme is food and power and I am thrilled to be on an absolute power panel titled “Feminism.” Chaired by the great Laura Shapiro, Don Lindgren, an antiquarian bookseller, will speak about American community cookbooks and women’s empowerment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and Dr. Alex Ketchum, a professor at McGill University’s Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, will discuss the history of feminist restaurants in Canada and the United States in the 1970s and beyond. I will be presenting the paper “Muckamuck: Restaurants, Labour, and the Power of Represention” about the first Indigenous-themed restaurant in urban Canada.