The Food Cultures hub looks at how food, drink and hunger have shaped and defined cultures over time. Food and eating, as intimate, physical acts of incorporation, are at the heart of our diverse cultural identities. Food cultures are constantly developing, changing and responding to encounters with other cultures. An understanding of food cultures, past and present, and the encounters between them, gives us a unique view on what it means to be human.
Convened by Heather Benbow, central to the research of this hub is the insight that food can both bring people together, as well as separate us. Food and drink can promote inclusive societies, create a sense of cultural, national or ethnic commonality, or alternatively propaganda and culinary xenophobia can use food and eating habits to emphasise cultural or ethnic difference.