January 29 to 31, 2024 

The Language of Food:
Exploring Culinary Communication and Culture

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Food Studies Research Cluster 

A three-day symposium delving into the complex relationship between language, food, and culture. Two days of in-person presentations and one day of online presentations.

Food has always been a means of communication, expressing identity, tradition, and social dynamics within communities. This symposium will bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from diverse disciplines such as linguistics, anthropology, sociology, history, and culinary arts. By examining various aspects of culinary communication, we aim to deepen our understanding of how language shapes and is shaped by food practices. 

Topics to be explored include 

Through a keynote presentation and panel discussions, this symposium will foster intellectual exchange and collaboration among participants. We hope to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue that sheds light on the interconnectedness of food, language, and culture, while also providing insights into the future directions of research in this growing field of food studies.

Ultimately, this symposium aims to highlight the significance of the language of food in understanding and appreciating diverse culinary traditions, fostering intercultural understanding, and addressing pressing societal issues such as food insecurity, sustainability, heritage preservation, and food innovation. By unraveling the complexities of culinary communication, we can pave the way for a more informed and gastronomically rich future. 

Keynote Speaker: 

Nicole Tarulevicz, PhD 

Head of History and Classics, 

School of Humanities 

University of Tasmania 

Conference Chair

Keri Matwick, PhD 

Senior Lecturer, Language and Communication Centre

School of Humanities

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Important Information:


This hybrid conference will be three days with in-person events held on January 29 and January 30 at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The event will start with a keynote speaker followed by two panels. Presentations continue on the second day.  Presentations are 20-25 mins each.

Networking events along with food and cultural experiences will be organized, such as a hawker food dinner, a walk in the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site Singapore Botanic Gardens, and more.  

Associated Costs

The conference is free to attend. 

Food is provided for on-site participants during the symposium, such as refreshments and light snacks in between panels.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts: From 5 July 2023

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 August 2023

Notification of Acceptance: Late August 2023

Registration Deadline (Presenters):  8 September 2023

Conference Date: 29-31 January 2024