Online Workshop: Unraveling Personal Histories Through Food

Event Date:

October 16, 2021

Event Time:

7:00 pm

Event Location:


Do you remember your to-go-to snack to take to school? Which dish would be waiting for you at every family event growing up? Can you still think of the biscuits your grandparents had with their tea?
This two-part workshop provides participants with a guide to approach food and history as means to reflect on our past and make sense of our presence.
What is food history and its relationship to our societies, politics, and identities? How can materials from the past such as cookbooks, literature, film, media, and ephemera be used to learn about food and its influence? How can our memory be activated, and oral history be used, to inform us of how food is a central part of our past and our identities today?
Participants will be given the tools to reflect on food in their past and weave together a piece, at the end of the workshop in a format of their liking, that speaks of their own personal alternative food histories.

About the facilitator

Salma Serry is a food researcher, writer, and award-winning filmmaker. She has an MA from the American University in Cairo and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in food studies at Boston University. Her work focuses on the socio-politics and culture of food on Egypt’s 20th century and the Arab Gulf. She is, also, the founder of @sufra_kitchen , a social platform that invites followers to insights of food history and culture in SWANA.

About the registration fees

One third of the proceeds of this event will be used to fund our current project “A Guide to Clean Farms in and around Cairo”.
Another third is an honorarium for the workshop’s facilitator.
The last third is used to cover the costs for the event planning.

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Total Seats: 50
  • Online

Event Schedule Details

  • October 16, 2021 7:00 pm   -   8:00 pm
  • October 23, 2021 7:00 pm   -   8:00 pm
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