DIT to host Dublin Gastonomy Symposium June 3 & 4,2014

A gastronomic “coming of age”

14 May, 2014:             This June will see the second Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (DGS) taking place in DIT Cathal Brugha Street. The first DGS resulted in Peter Lang’s imminent publication of ‘Tickling the Palate’ –Gastronomy in Irish Literature and Culture which will be launched on Thursday 4th June in Cathal Brugha Street at 6pm. This year’s theme investigates “Cravings and Desires” and delves into our ever-increasing addiction to all things gastronomic.


The second instalment of the Dublin Gastronomy Symposiumwill include discussions on subjects as diverse as Food and Fear of Desire in ‘Babette’s Feast’ (Carolyn Levy: Canada), Eating and Eroticism (Edia Connole: Mouth), Confectionary in Georgian Ireland (Dorothy Cashman: Dublin) and Mission to Incite Hunger: Singapore Food memoir and blogs (Donna Brien: Australia). This time the DGS will draw together over thirty interested speakers from over 10 countries for two days of academic discourse and gastronomic delights. The keynote address on the Science of Desire will be given by Dr. Len Fisher, author of ‘How to dunk a doughnut’: The Science of Everyday Life. Well known chef, author and chair of the organising committee, Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, believes that sometimes one’s best work is done in the most convivial of atmospheres. Indeed the ethos of the DGS is clearly stated on its website and highlights the importance of delegates having the opportunity to engage in gastronomic experiences during the symposium. We are assured that next month’s second DGS will offer the same heady mix of conviviality and academic discussion.

The 2014 Dublin Gastronomy Symposium is open to all and takes place in DIT Cathal Brugha Street on June 3 and 4th. Further details of Programme, Abstracts, and Registration are available on http://arrow.dit.ie/dgs/

Details on ‘Tickling the Palate’ –Gastronomy in Irish Literature and Culture are available on http://www.peterlang.com


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