Norwegian version
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Tracing, shaping and reshaping Culinary Heritage

Conference 2022 hosted by The Research Council of Norway research projects "The impact of food culture in Medieval towns" (FOODIMPACT) and "Culinary heritage as a resource in developing 'Food Nation Norway 2030'” (FoodLessons).

The availability of resources, knowledge and knowhow as well as present social structures are all contributing to unique local food cultures in the world. Food is both multisensory and intangible. Scholars in the field of food studies now provide new knowledge of local food cultures of the past. At the same time, the food value chain is focusing on creative use of past food culture, taking food heritage into the future.

Although interest in food history has increased in recent years, it is still an under-researched, under-used and under-communicated field. Through this conference, the ambition is to contribute to new and valuable knowledge, as well as mobilize exciting cooperation and knowledge transfer across disciplines. We will create a meeting point for contemporary and historical food studies by bringing together scholars from sociology, archaeology, anthropology and history as well as representatives of the value chain in food production. 

Contact the organizing committee

Marianne Vedeler, Professor (, Museum Of Cultural History, University of Oslo, 

Annechen Bahr Bugge, Research Professor (dr.polit), Oslo Metropolitan University – Consumption Research Norway (SIFO), 

Inger Johanne Lyngø, Research Professor (, Oslo Metropolitan University – Consumption Research Norway (SIFO), 

Deadline for conference registration: August 1. 2022


Tøyen Hovedgård, Salen (google maps)

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  • Monday September 5

    8.30-9.15 Registration and coffee

    9.15-9.45 Opening by museum director Håkon Glørstad, Cultural History Museum

    Welcome and conference presentation by Annechen Bahr Bugge and Marianne Vedeler.

    Session 1 The History of foodstuffs

    9.45-10.10 Meriel McClatchie, S. Flavin, E. OCarroll, C. Taverner, F. Beglane: Food cultures in post-medieval Ireland: new findings from the FoodCult project

    10.10-10.35 Jenny Berntsson: Culinary heritage by the Kukkola rapids. Local food culture from past to future

    10.35-11.00 Margrete F. Simonsen: Pre-industrial Aquaculture and the taste of Fish

    11.00-11.15 Coffee and fruit

    11.15-11.40 Christian Rødsrud: Halibut fishing in the Viking period 

    11.40-12.05 Per Norseng: The use and production of salt in Norway c. 1200-1600 with focus on the preservation of fish

    12.05-12.30 Silje Hårstad: The Daily Grind - Food Production and Consumption at a Medieval Farm in Lindesnes, Agder

    12.30-13.30 Lunch, with short introduction to the "Oslo breakfast" by Inger Johanne Lyngø 

    Session 2 History of meals and material culture

    13.30-13.55 Iver B. Neumann: The Diplomatic Meal

    13.55-14.20 Grethe Bjørkan Bukkemoen: Food and identity in times of transition Changing culinary practices in Iron and early Viking Period Norway

    14.20-14.45 Mathias Blobel: Remains of the Whey — Food and Society in a Medieval Western Norwegian Town Through the Lens of Pottery and Soapstone

    14.45-15.10 Ragnhild Hutchison: "Take away-dinners" – changes in Christiania's eating habits from the late 18th to the early 19th century

    15.10-15-35 Matilda Marshall: Collective food storage – lessons from the mid 20th century

    18.30 Cider demonstration and talk by Bernt Bucher-Johannessen, HANEN – Working for Norwegian Cider             

    19.15 Conference dinner

  • Tuesday September 6

    Session 3 Food Innovation and Identity

    8.30-8.55 Theano Moussouri, Georgios Alexopoulos and Diana Rahman: Co-creation and local community empowerment as drivers for promoting innovation and sustainability in food cultures

    8.55-9.20 Åsmund Bjørnstad: From grains to tastes

    9.20-9.45 Anneleen Kool, Irene Teixidor-Toneu & Karoline Kjesrud: Angelica archangelica, from Viking vegetable to Nordic delicacy - on safeguarding traditional knowledge in botanic gardens

    9.45-10.10 Faste Gunnarsen Grodt: Shaping the local food capitol through 300 years

    10.10-10.30 Coffee and cake

    10.30-10.55 Sara H. Jensen: An Acquired taste- Why use food in the museums? How to use food in the museums!

    10.55-11.20  Sofie Scheen Jahnsen: The role of food and foodways in the pursuit of an inclusive, diverse and open museum

    11.20-11.45 Kwiatkowski et al: Tradition and Innovation: The Opportunity for Growth of Artisan Food Producers

    11.45-12.45 Lunch

    12.45-13.30 Guiding in the herb garden, Anneleen Kool

    Session 4 Food Culture and Sustainability 

    13.30-13.55 Hennie Fisher and Gerrie du Rand: Could South Africa’s historical food culture inform a sustainable future food system?

    13.55-14.20 Lars Marius Garshol: Beer brewing: A crucial, but under-studied tradition. 

    14.20-14.45 Julia C. Carrillo Ocampo: The wild arctic char – from lake to plate. How can the wild arctic char, from lake to plate make visible the complexity of sustainable gastronomy?

    14.45-15.00  Summing up and farewell

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