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Food Fabrication: Culinary practices and food politics in the Arab world

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International Forum, 14-17 January 2015

Jointly organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut and Goethe-Institut Beirut

Food is a basic need and a subject of contestation. What we eat is constructed and has cultural, political and economic significance. The aim of this forum is to take a comprehensive look at food in Lebanon and the Arab World where food insecurity coexists with obesity; and where most of the food consumed is imported. It aims to contribute to the contemporary debates surrounding food by addressing pressing issues such as culinary practices, food globalization, food safety and food security. The forum will bring together farmers and entrepreneurs, activists, artists and politicians and academics in order to echo the voices implicated in the debates over food. Participants will critically examine current eating habits, cooking and dining cultures, food trends as well as the relation of food and arts. These themes will be addressed in open discussions, film screenings, academic presentations, a photo exhibition and excursions in and around Beirut.

 

Program:

 

WED, 14 JAN                        Venue: Goethe-Institut

 

7.00 pm                               

 

Welcome reception in the presence of H.E. Wael Abou Faour, Minister of Health, Republic of Lebanon and Opening of the Photo Exhibition:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

MARWAN A. TAHTAH/Photographer

 

 

THUR, 15 JAN                    Venue: Goethe-Institut

 

10.00 – 10.30 am                Welcome

 

10.30 – 12.00 pm                A MATTER OF TASTE – TALKS

 

SAMI ZUBAIDA/Birkbeck, University of London
Drink, Meals and Social Boundaries in the Middle East

 

ENRICA AUDANO/ University of Leipzig
Halal-food in Supermarkets: Between profit and social distinction

 

MIRIAM STOCK/Orient-Institut Beirut
How to Eat When You Got Taste – Observations from Berlin and Beirut

 

12.00 – 1.00 pm                 Lunch

 

1.00 – 3.00 pm                   THINK GLOBAL, EAT LOCAL – TALKS/FILM

 

MALAK ROUCHDY/American University of Cairo
The Story of Fava Beans Cultivation and Foul Midamis Fabrication in Egypt

 

Film by LUCILE GARCON and RAMI ZURAYK
Warsheh
Syrian women migrant farmworkers in Bekaa, Lebanon

 

KAMAL MOUZAWAK, ZEINAB KASHMAR, ABU RABIH/Souk el Tayeb
From Farmer to Table – Souk el Tayeb

 

REMO CIUCCIOMEI/ IMC Liban – CCPB Certification
The Mediterranean between Global and Local

 

3.00 – 3.30 pm                    Coffee break

 

3.30 – 5.30 pm                    IS FOOD EATING US? – PANEL

 

Discussion about Food Safety 

 

Moderator: PATRICIA KHODER/Journalist

Panelists
H.E. WAEL ABOU FAOUR/Minister of Health, Republic of Lebanon
MUSA FREIJI/Poultry specialist and Tanmia founder
NADA NEHME/Consumers Lebanon Association
MOHAMMAD FAWAZ/United Management Bureau – Quality Management Institute

 

 

FRI, 16 JAN                            Venue: AltCity

 

10.00 – 12.00 am                    THE POWER OF FOOD – TALKS/FILM

 

HALA BARAKAT/Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (Right to Food Subunit)
Bread, Freedom and Social Justice: The politics of food in Egypt during revolutionary times

 

Film by HABIB AYEB and RAY BUSH
Fellahin
Small farmers and the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings

 

ALI DARWISH/The Green Line
Free Trade, Food Sovereignty and Security. Can they co-exist?

 

12.00 – 1.00 pm                  Lunch

 

1.00 – 3.00 pm                    THE POWER OF FOOD – PANEL

 

Discussion about “Who has power over food?”

 

Moderator: RAMI ZURAYK/American University of Beirut

 

RAY BUSH/University of Leeds
MARIAM JAJA/Arab Network for Food Sovereignty
ISSA HALABI/ Farmer and Entrepreneur from Jordan
MAURICE SAADE/Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations

 

3.00 – 3.30 pm                     Coffee break

 

3.30 – 5.00 pm                     BRAVE NEW KITCHEN – TALKS

 

LARA NASREDDINE/American University of Beirut
Dynamics of the Nutrition Transition in Countries
of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

 

RANDA FAHD/Nutritionist and TV-host “Eat right”
Fats: The good, the bad and the ugly

 

BARBARA MASSAAD/Chef, Writer and Photographer
Soup for Syria –
From Slow Food to Humanitarian Engagement       

 

5.00 – 6.30 pm                     JOE BARZA PREPARES

 

Live Cook Show with
JOE BARZA/Chef, TV Personality and Culinary Consultant
Salad Berghoul with Chicken

 

 

SAT, 17 JAN                          Venue: OIB/City of Beirut

 

 

A MATTER OF TASTE – FOOD TOURS

 

10.00 – 1.00 pm                  Culinary Mapping
Food Discovering Tours in the city

 

1.00 – 2.30 pm                    Beirut’s Landscapes of Taste
Interactive Presentation and Degustation at the OIB

 

2.30 – 3.30 pm                     THE FUTURE OF FOOD?

 

BLENDS FOOD COMPANY
Molecular Food
Live Demonstration

 

 

Culinary Cinema Days

TUE, 13 JAN
07.30 pm              Taste The Waste
                                Germany 2011, 90 min., English subtitles

THU, 15 JAN        
07:30 pm              Soul Food Stories
                                Bulgaria/Finland 2013, 70 min., English subtitles

FRI, 16 JAN          
07:30 pm              The Raw And The Cooked
                                Germany, 2012, 83 min., English subtitles
SAT, 17 JAN         
07:30 pm              Soul Kitchen
                                Germany, 2009, 100 min., English subtitles

 

Screening Venue: Goethe-Institut Beirut

 

 

The Forum is jointly organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon.

Organizing committee: Astrid Meier (OIB), Miriam Stock (OIB), Stefan Leder (OIB),
Ulrich Nowak (Goethe-Institut), Rami Zurayk (AUB)

 

Contact: Dr. Miriam Stock, foodfabrication@dont-want-spam.orient-institut.org

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