2016 International Symposium History of Food and National Food Culture: Pulses in Russian Food Culture

27 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies

The Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies

The Academy of Gastronomic Knowledge and Culture


2016 International Symposium

History of Food and National Food Culture

27th – 29th of October 2016


2016 Special Theme: Pulses in Russian Food Culture


Focusing exclusively on the history of food and eating traditions of different nations, the Third International Symposium on the History of Food and National Food Culture is a unique academic event in Russia as the issues discussed at the forum have always been outside of academic interest in the country.

The Symposium aims to

  • bring together Russian scholars involved in food studies and provide a forum for their interaction with specialists from European and other countries;
  • bring together academics, policy makers, industrialists and business people engaged with food history and traditions;
  • introduce foreign scholars to the current state of research in food studies in Russia and build contacts with international specialists in this area;
  • counter numerous pseudo-scientific studies;
  • promote traditional eating practices in the society.




Symposium Agenda

The conference will focus on the following areas:

  • Pulses in Russian Food Culture;
  • Gastronomic culture as an academic subject: theory and practice;
  • World history of food and nutrition;
  • Gastronomic culture of the peoples of Russia and the Soviet Union: history, evolution, national peculiarities;
  • Historical forms of gastronomic practices;
  • Food in the space of the dialogue of cultures;
  • Food and eating patterns as factors shaping national consciousness and self-identification;
  • Food in literature and language;
  • Food as the object of artistic reflection;
  • Food and religion;
  • The Internet as a platform for gastronomic discussion;
  • Food in mass media;
  • Gastronomic aspects of tourism;
  • Food advertising: historical, cultural, regional and social aspects;
  • Modern business: tradition and innovation in food services.

The range of topics is not limited to those listed above. We will appreciate any interesting and constructive proposals on how to broaden the scope of the Symposium.

We welcome speakers from different backgrounds: academics, journalists, bloggers, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, museum employees, advertising specialists and all those interested in food history and traditions.

The Symposium will feature a number of special events and meetings that will be announced later. Please check out updates on our website:



The working languages of the Symposium

Russian, English



Registration for participants is necessary. Please submit your registration form before the 30th of September 2016 by e-mail: [email protected]

Participation fee is 1500 RUB

Participation fee for the members of The Academy of Gastronomic Knowledge and Culture is 500 RUB


Support us

The inaugural History of Food and National Food Culture Symposium is a large-scale event which wouldn’t be organised without sponsor support. The conference will feature not only renowned academics but also practitioners in the area of gastronomic culture. Academic sessions will be accompanied by food and foodservice exhibitions. We invite interested sponsors to contact the Academic Secretary of the Symposium at: [email protected]

or by phone: +7 (495) 7340260

Your support is very important to us!


Contact us

The Organizing Committee:

e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Address: 31/1, Lomonosovskiy prospect, Moscow, Russia, 119192

Phone: +7 (495) 7340260; Phone/ fax: +7 (499) 783 02 64

The Academy of Gastronomic Knowledge and Culture: www.gastac.ru


Should you have any questions, please contact the Organizing Committee of the Symposium: [email protected]; [email protected]



We are looking forward to meeting you at our Symposium! 

Location: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow