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UTSA hosts conference on food in arts, literature

By Kareem El Dahab
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Feb. 21, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host an interdisciplinary, multicultural conference, "Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts" Feb. 23-25 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The conference is centered on the many ways food is represented in literature and the arts throughout the world.

Registration for the free conference is 5-6 p.m. Feb. 23 in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.338 at the Downtown Campus. The conference opens at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 with a reception in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.338. Panel presentations will be in various rooms of the Buena Vista Street Building.

Twenty panels of experts from around the country will discuss topics from many cultural traditions including cookbooks and food writing in Spain and Mexico, food in Latino art, food in war and conflict, chocolate in the ancient Americas, food and social classes, food in the Harry Potter books, Native American food rituals, and tea and other foods in English literature.

The conference is based on the premise that even though music is the food of love, as Shakespeare wrote, food has long been the love of musicians, painters, poets, filmmakers and other artists.

According to Santiago Daydi-Tolson, UTSA professor and chair of the conference, food fulfills a biological need and is something we relish, but it's also the stuff that artistic dreams are made of.

View the complete conference program on the "Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts" conference Web site.

For more information, e-mail convivium@utsa.edu or call at (210) 458-4373.

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