The 43rd international conference of the

International Commission on the Anthropology

of Food and Nutrition (ICAF)

(a commission of I.U.A.E.S)



Anthropological and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. 


in association with the

Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, Liverpool University


Liverpool Food People

from 28th June to 2nd July, 2016





40th international ICAF conference

Pure Food:

Biological constants and cultural manifestations of a human preoccupation.


In 2015, the ICAF conference was held at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany, from 6th to 9th October.


The conference was hosted by the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in comfort and with delicious meals.  We are most grateful to that institute for their generosity. Wulf Schiefenhövel, Helen Macbeth and Dorothe Poggel co-organised the conference, supported greatly by Marion Daniel and others of HWK.

Papers which seemed so diverse from their titles had many linkages with other papers leading to a fascinating conference with plenty of time for the discussions, which were friendly and cooperative, providing exchange of ideas and new perceptions about the topic.  Excursions included a visit to a ‘Permaculture’ garden, a farmers’ market, Bremen’s anthropological museum, its City Hall and a walk around the city.


At the Permaculture Garden       


We hope to include a link to the programme and abstracts, and further photos later.




In 2014, the ICAF conference was held in Montanchez, Spain.


39th International ICAF Conference, Food, Internet and Social Media


Held 2nd to 6th December, 2014 in Montanchez, Spain

For more information, please see the dedicated website: http://icafmontanchez2014.wix.com/congress



In 2013, ICAF had two international ICAF conferences and a one-day panel at the IUAES Congress in Manchester.


36th International ICAF Conference, Food and Art

Held 2nd to 6th June, 2013 in Kamilari, Crete

Nikos Xirotiris, Antonia Matalas and Kali Simitopoulou co-organised this meeting with the Cultural Association of Kamilari.  It was a pleasure to return to Kamilari, a small village in the south of Crete.  Papers were presented on a diversity of subjects from antiquity to modern, from local to international, on inedible art depicting food and on the edible art of food decoration (link to abstracts to follow).  There was a delightful party put on by the Kamilari villagers of their local foods, and there were guided tours of the Minoan site of Phaestos and of the archaeological site of Gortys.





37th International ICAF meeting, Co-evolution of Humans and Their Foods: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives


A one-day panel at the IUAES Congress, Manchester, 6th August, 2013

Co-convenors:  Helen Macbeth and David Lubell


Throughout their evolution, humans and their ancestors have not only survived and adapted to changes in their natal environments but have migrated, often rapidly and over long distances, requiring them to adapt to and find food in a wide variety of new and different environments.  That adaptation has not only been molecular, physiological and anthropometric, but also imaginative, technological and cultural.  


The general timetable was that imposed by the structure of the congress, and we had ten papers in the three sessions allowed.  There were interesting papers, but without sufficient cohesion for a publication.  The programme and abstracts were shown on the IUAES website. 



38th International ICAF Conference, Alimentary Responses to the Economic Crisis

(Respuestas alimentarias a la Crisis Economica)

Held in Cazalla de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain, 1st-4th October 2013, supported by the University of Sevilla, the Town Council of Cazalla de la Sierra and AECAC (Association of Producers of Cazalla de la Sierra).


The conference was in three languages, Spanish, English and Portuguese, and was well attended by participants from Europe and Latin America (link to abstracts will follow).  The programme can be found at http://www.comunicacion.us.es/node/10401/.  Also, the papers have been published as the first ICAF E-Book entitled: Respuestas Alimentarias a la Crisis Económica, edited by Isabel González Turmo. For more information on the book, please see the following link: http://icafood.eu/index.php/news







In 2012 there were two ICAF Conferences, one in Spain, one in Hungary.


34th International ICAF Conference

Comida y Amor: Miradas interdisciplinarias

Food and Love: Cross-disciplinary perspectives

8th – 11th May, 2012, Daroca, Aragon, Spain 


Coordinación científica y técnica: M. L. Rodrigo-Estevan (Universidad de Zaragoza, España), Juan A. Tarancón de Francisco (Universidad de Zaragoza, España), Helen Macbeth (Oxford Brookes University, Reino Unido).


Organización: Grupo de Investigación Consolidado Bienestar y Capital Social (BYCS) de la Universidad de Zaragoza y The International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, (ICAF).




Colaboración: Ayuntamiento de Daroca, Comarca Campo de Daroca, Fundación Comarca de Daroca, Slowfood. Daruqa Delicatessen, Pastelerías Manuel Segura, Pastas Alimenticias Romero, Posada del Almudí, Hotel Cien Balcones, Apartamentos Melihah, Sociedad Cooperativa Agraria Santo Tomás de Aquino, Consejo Regulador D.O. Cariñena, Consejo Regulador D.O. Jamón de Teruel, Bodejas Bordejé, Bodegas Ignacio Marín, Bodegas Vinae Mureri, La Zaragozana, Chocolates Lacasa, Aceites Lis, S.L., Elaborados Cárnicos El Terrizo, Secadero Sierra Maestrazgo, Indumilk S. L., Lactium Fonz, Lacarrasca, Mermeladas Elasun.




Daroca is a historic city south of Zaragoza, and the conference was held in the sala de Actos of the Fundación Campo de Daroca.  Over 30 papers were given in Spanish and English (a link to the programme and abstracts to follow later).  There were tapas each evening in the Sala de la Fundación Campo de Daroca; visits, meal and hospitality at the Bodega Vinae Mureri, a guided tour of the city and a visit and lunch at the VIth  Muestra Gastronómica de la Pasta y el Dulce. 






35th International ICAF Conference,

Birds as Food: cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary aspects

13th – 15th July, 2012, Sopron, Hungary.


Convened by Wulf Schiefenhövel and Georg Bohak

Partners with ICAF for this conference:

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Institute for Animal Sciences,

University of West-Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár

Hungarian-German Foundation “Pro Lingua et Cultura Germanica”

Austrian Ethnomedical Society (ÖEG), Hotel Pannoniamed, Sopron

Bonafarm Group, Hungary.


This conference was held in the delightful old town of Sopron, Hungary, close to the Austrian border and at the University of West Hungary in Mosonmagyaróvár.  The official languages were English and Spanish, and 27 papers were given by contributors from the Americas, Europe and Australasia (a link to the Programme and Abstracts will follow later).