Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Symposium: Food for Thought

Fri, February 7, 2014 | CLA 1.032 - Julius Glickman Conference Center, College of Liberal Arts Building, UT campus

Symposium: Food for Thought

Food for Thought: Culture and Cuisine in Russia and Eastern Europe (1800 to the present)

A Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, Feb 7th 9:00am-5:30pm & Saturday, Feb 8th 9:00am-6:30pm

Link to schedule of events.


Lunch and dinner events, however, are for participants and invited guests only. Please contact Mary Neuburger at <> for information on meal events.

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies at The University of Texas at Austin are hosting a two-day symposium on the culture and history of food in the Russian Empire (and Soviet Union) and its successor states, as well as “Eastern Europe” broadly defined. Drawing on a wide range of sources and disciplines, speakers will explore how patterns of food cultivation, preparation, and consumption are embedded in local, national, and trans-national cultural configurations. We hope to celebrate and reexamine the history and culture of the region through the lens of its food. Click HERE for poster. For more information, check out the conference blog.

Featuring Dr. Ronald Le Blanc as Keynote Speaker
“From Russian Vegetarians to Soviet Hamburgers: Tolstoy, Pilnyak, and the Ethics/Politics of Diet"
Friday, Feb 7th at 4:30pm in CLA 1.302E

Ronald D. LeBlanc is Professor of Russian and Humanities at the University of New Hampshire and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.  The author of "Slavic Sins of the Flesh: Food, Sex, and Carnal Appetite in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction" (2009), Professor LeBlanc has written numerous “gastrocritical” studies on food and eating in the works of such writers as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Goncharov, Bulgakov, and Olesha. Click HERE for keynote flyer.


The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies    College of Liberal ArtsDepartment of HistoryCenter for European Studies  • The Department of Germanic StudiesKasman Family Lecture in Eastern European Jewish StudiesInstitute for Historical StudiesDepartment of AnthropologyDepartment of SociologyThe Russian House NaZdorovyeWhole Foods MarketLe Cordon Bleu  • Bulgarian Master Vintners

Mary Neuburger
University of Texas
Department of History

Keith Livers
University of Texas
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Tatiana Kuzmic
University of Texas
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

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