N.B. All rooms are located in Deerfield Hall (DH), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), except for the keynote address.

Green room / coat check: 3075 DH


8:15am-9:00am Breakfast and Registration, Main Floor

9:00am-9:15am Welcoming Remarks, Room 2060

Emmanuel Nikiema, Chair of Department of Language Studies

Teresa Lobalsamo, Conference Convener and UTM, Italian Undergraduate Coordinator

9:15am-10:35am (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion)

SESSION 1.1: From the Plate to the Page: Representations of Food in Literature, Room 2070

Session Chair: Sebastiano Bazzichetto (University of Toronto)

  • Jonathan Hiller (Adelphi University)

Title: “Noi stasera, danzeremo, e nel vino affogheremo”: The Ideology of Food and Drink in Three Works of Scapigliatura

  • Thei Zervaki (Independent)

Title: The Language of Culinary Poetry: From the Hungry Ear to the Poet’s Cuisine of Chile

  • Shelley Boyd, Dorothy Barenscott (BOTH Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Title: Convenience Matters: Douglas Coupland’s Canadian Pantry

SESSION 1.2: Why Good Food Makes for Good Learning, Room 2080

Session Chair: Katarzyna Peric (University of Toronto)

  • Caroline Lebrec (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Title: Gastro-littérature oulipienne en classe FSL

  • Jingsong Ma (University of Toronto Mississauga; University of Toronto Scarborough)

Title: Gastronomy in Chinese Language Teaching

  • Emanuele Occhipinti (Drew University)

Title: Tasting the Roots of Western Civilization: A Study Abroad Program in Cilento


SESSION 1.3: UTM Undergraduate Research Panel, Room 2060

Session Chair: Adriana Grimaldi (University of Toronto Mississauga)

  • Katyani Chawla, Chelsea Ranger 

Title: GeoMapping Toronto’s Italian Food History

  • Alexander Cipressi

Title:  Smearing the 21st Century: From Nutella’s Modest Beginnings to the Brand’s Future Given its Current Affairs

  • Maeve Doyle

Title: All Italian

  • Rachel Padillo

Title: Northern Italian Courtly Banquets: An analysis of Identity, Power, and Dining Experiences

10:35am-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:25pm (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion)

SESSION 2: The Performing Foods: Cookbooks and Early Celebrity Culture, Room 2070

Session Chair: Rosa Hong (University of Toronto Mississauga)

  • Sebastiano Bazzichetto (University of Toronto)

Title: Lamma’s La tavola imbandita: The Culinary Baroque Triumph on the Bolognese Table

  • Brian R. Gutiérrez (University of Washington)

Title: Staging the Urban Table: John Farley’s London Art of Cookery (1783) and the Theatrical Celebrity Apparatus

  • Anne Urbancic (Victoria College, University of Toronto)

Title: Italian Cuisine in English Magazines: the Writings of Janet Ross

  • Sabine Planka (University of Siegen)

Title: Seasonal Cooking and the Ecological Usage of Food: Developments in German Children’s Cookbooks from the 19th Century to the Present

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch, Main Floor

1:30pm-3:10pm (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion), Room 2070

SESSION 3: From the Plate to the Screen: Representations of Food in Cinema

Session Chair: Arturo Victoriano (University of Toronto Mississauga)

  • Chiara De Santi (State University of New York at Fredonia)

Title: “Eat First”: Martin Scorsese’s Mother and Italian-American Gastronomy, Family Values in Film

  • Charles Elkabas (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Title: Food and Gastronomy in Grand Illusion: A Director’s Symbolic Cultural Resistance

  • Silvio Lioniello

Title: Food and Hunger in the Districts: The Symbolism of Food in The Hunger Games

  • Yuhao Yang

Title: The Reality behind the Silver Screen: An Analysis of the Cultural Conflicts within Big Night

3:10pm-3:25pm Coffee Break, 2nd Floor

3:25pm-5:05pm (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion), Room 2080

SESSION 4: Careful Indulgence: The Ethics of Production and Consumption in the 21st Century

Session Chair: Paolo Frascà (University of Toronto)

  • Joseph Campisi (Marist College, Poughkeepsie)

Title: Slow Food and the Limits of Ethical Consumption

  • Keri Cronin (Brock University), Lisa Kramer (University of Toronto)

Title: Food, Animals, Language, and Art

  • Jack Sidnell (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Title: The Ethics of Eating: Askesis and Food Politics in a Yoga Community

  • Christina Vani (University of Toronto)

Title: The Vegan Subcode in Italy: A Preliminary Study of the Italian Vegan Lexicon


5:15pm-6:30pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS, 3130/Council Chambers, Davis Building

Alberto Capatti, University of Gastronomic Sciences (Piedmont, Italy)

Title: Prodotti e cucina nella storia presente italiana (1990-2015): fra realtà e immaginazione

Contemporary Italian Cuisine and Products (1990-2015): Between Reality and Imagination

Session Chair: Joanne Granata (University of Toronto)

7:00pm Dinner (Optional - tickets may still be purchased at registration)

Piatto Restaurant (1646 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5C 1E6; 10 minute walk from campus)



8:30am-9:00am Breakfast, Main Floor

9:00am-10:40am (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion)

SESSION 5.1: Gastronomia, cultura e arte, Room 2070

Session Chair: Annalisa Castelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)

  • Francesca Facchi (University of Toronto)

Title: Gli Almanacchi gastronomici di Jarro, o dell’intreccio di cucina, cultura, lazzi nell’Italia di fin de siècle

  • Francesco Guardiani (University of Toronto)

Title: Vini e cucina nella letteratura napoletana dell’Ottocento

  • Matteo Palumbo (University of Naples Federico II)

Title: Funzioni simboliche del cibo

SESSION 5.2: Gastronomie, littérature et société, Room 2080

Chair: Caroline Lebrec (University of Toronto Mississauga)

  • Charlotte Bellamy (European University Institute Florence)

Title: Gastronomie, culture et art sont trois termes au cœur de mon projet doctoral: l’art culinaire français dans la Suède gustavienne.

  • Karine Brière (University of Toronto)

Title: Consommation et société dans le roman du XIXe siècle français

  • M. Ionescu (Huron University College)

Des saveurs aux savoirs: Mets et merveilles de Maryse Condè

  • Danièle Issa-Sayegh (University of Toronto)

Title: Littérature jeunesse et troubles alimentaires

  • Catherine Phillips (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Title: Le Gefüllteküchen chez Hélène Cixous: métaphore de l'œuvre littéraire, recette de la transmission générationnelle entre femmes

10:40am-10:50am Break

10:50am-12:30pm (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion), Room 3000

SESSION 6: The Pliable Palate: Taste as Invisible Markers of National and Cultural Spaces

Session Chair: Marco Lettieri (University of Toronto)

  • Sandra Scalise Juneau (Independent)

Title: Transcultural Flavors

  • Giulia Guarnieri (Bronx Community College)

Title: Drinking the Land: The Socio-Cultural History of Chinotto

  • Mark E. Kehren (Loras College)

TItle: The Postcolonial Table: Foodways and the Geographic Imagination of “Home” in Contemporary Lisbon

  • Rosa Hong (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Title: How to Cook Maple-scented Rice: Food and Identity Transculturation in Kim Thùy’s Mân

12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch, Main Floor

2:00pm-3:20pm (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion), Room 2070

SESSION 7: Dove lo pane delli angeli si manuca (Dante, Convivio): Food as an Agent of Political and Social Change

Chair: Francesca Facchi (University of Toronto)

  • Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (York University)

Title: Consuming Philosophy: Futurism and Transhumanism on the Art and Science of Food

  • Kirstyn Hevey (University of Toronto)

Title: Food as a Nationalist Political Tool in Contemporary Russia

  • Darcy Mullen (University at Albany)

Title: Locavore Places and Neoliberal Spatial Literacy

3:20pm-3:30pm Coffee Break, 2nd Floor

3:30pm-4:50pm (20 minutes / paper; 20 minute discussion), Room 2080

SESSION 8: #Gastrogram: Sensory Consumption and the Interconnected Community

Chair: Michelle Troberg (University of Toronto Mississauga)

  • Kimo Reder (City University of New York, Manhattan)

Title: Seeing Tongue, Tasting Eye: Words as Food in Global Verse

  • Jeffrey M. Pilcher (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Title: Languages of Beer: Sensory and Social Constructions in the Rise of a Global Commodity

  • Holly P. Skir (City University of New York, York College)

Title: Food, Glorious, Food!: Food Photography and Social Media

5pm-5:30pm Closing Remarks, Room 2060

Adriano Pasquali, Conference Committee (University of Toronto)

Michael Lettieri, Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate (University of Toronto Mississauga)