Proceedings of the 20 th International Ethnological Food Research Conference, Department of Folklore and Ethnology, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Łodź, Poland, 3–6 September 2014
SIEF International Ethnological Food Research Group: Genesis, Aims and Progress: Patricia Lysaght
SIEF International Ethnological Food Research Group: Genesis, Aims and Progress1
It was in 1970 that the first symposium on ethnological food research, which would influence and shape regional ethnological food studies in the succeeding decades, took place in Lund, Sweden, from the 21st to the 25th of August of that year.2 Organised by Nils-Arvid Bringéus, Professor of Nordic and Comparative Folklife Studies, the Institute of Ethnology, University of Lund, the theme of the symposium was “Ethnological Food Research – Development, Methods and Future Tasks”. An important aim of the meeting was to gain an overview of the state of ethnological food research in different parts of Europe and the USA at that time. Reports on the situation in their respective countries, solicited by the organisers, and provided by delegates from many of these areas prior to the symposium, were distributed in advance to the participants. This enabled them to get a picture of the general position of ethnological food research internationally at that time and to plan co-operation in and development of this branch of food studies for the years ahead (Valeri 1971, pp. 185). This approach is set out in a joint introductory paper entitled “Ethnologische Nahrungsforschung in Europa. Stand, Probleme, Aufgaben” (“Ethnological Food Research in Europe. Position, Problems, Tasks”) by Nils-Arvid Bringéus (Lund) and Günter Wiegelmann (1928–2008) (Münster, Germany), in a subsequent symposium volume, Ethnological Food Research in Europe and USA, edited by them (Bringéus / Wiegelmann...
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