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UTSA presents multicultural conference on food in literature, film, arts

Steven Kellmann
Cocina Practica

Top photo: Featured speaker UTSA's Steven Kellman
Bottom photo: Featured book,"Cocina Practica"

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(Feb. 23, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host the sixth "Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts" Feb. 25-27 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Organized by UTSA Professor Santiago Daydi-Tolson, the event features 24 national and international scholars presenting a wide variety of papers on the presence of food and food-related issues in literature and the arts.

Topics to be discussed in this year's conference include "Nostalgic Foodscape of Modern Taipei" by Wu Chien-Cheng of Durham University in the United Kingdom, "Food and Construction of Motherhood in Hindi Films" by Nirmal Kumar of Sri Vankateswara College in India, "The Raw and the Cooked: National Identities, Othering and Resistance in Linda Furiya's Bento Box in the Heartland and Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meat" by Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt from the University of Heildelberg in Germany.

At 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328), San Antonio chef Patrick Sante will discuss "Dining as Art: The Three Stars."

At 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, in the Aula Canaria (1.328), Steven Kellman, UTSA professor of English, will speak on "The Only Fit Food for a Man is Half a Lemon: Kafka's Plea and Other Culinary Aberrations."

From 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 27, the UTSA Downtown Campus Library will host a cookbook reading of Ramona Valdes' book "Cocina Practica" in Buena Vista Street Building Room (2.314). The book is a part of the "Highlights of the Laure Gruenbeck Mexican Cookbook Collection," curated by Juli McLoone, UTSA librarian for John Peace Library Special Collections.

The conference is organized by the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with the support of the Department of History, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and H-E-B.

For more information, visit the Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts Web site or contact Santiago Daydi-Tolson at 210-458-5186.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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