Food, glorious food: Full programme


ESNA Conference 2017
Food, glorious food: Food at the heart of nineteenth-century art
June 8-9, 2017: Antwerp, Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS)



Day 1 – Thursday 8 June

10.30              REGISTRATION / MORNING TEA

11.00              Welcome by  Mayken Jonkman (RKD) and Leen Beyers (MAS)


KEYNOTE LECTURE – Food visibility and urban identity

– Peter Scholliers | Professor and Head of the Department of History, Free University of Brussels


SESSION 1. Identity and Nationality (Chair: Maite van Dijk | Van Gogh Museum)

Restorative meals: Culinary pride and the rehabilitation of Paris (1872-1885)

– Andrew Eschelbacher | Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, Portland Museum of Art

Russian artists, Russian menus: Gastronomy as means of painting identities in
nineteenth-century Russia

– Alexandra Grigorieva | Core Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

‘… acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people’: Depictions of Thanksgiving in post-civil war American visual culture

– Ekaterini Kepetzis | Professor, Department of Art History, University of Cologne

13.05              LUNCH              (Incl. Poster Presentations)


SESSION 2. Food and Gender (Chair: Marjan Sterckx | Ghent University)

‘Impressionist market gardener’: Cabbages in Camille Pissarro’s critical reception

– Allison Deutsch | Teaching Fellow, University College London

Sweet images: Gender, color, and confection in nineteenth-century France

– Frédérique Desbuissons | Maître de conférences en histoire de l’art moderne et contemporain, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Femininity, fertility, and the cult of Les glaces in post-revolutionary Paris

– Heather Belnap Jensen | Associate Professor of Art History, Brigham Young University


Antwerp à la carte: Perceiving a city’s past, present and future through food

– Introduction to the exhibition by Ilja van Damme (UA) and Leen Beyers (MAS)

16.00              Visit to the exhibition Antwerp à la carte

17.00              Drinks

18.00              END



Day 2 – Friday 9 June

09.15              MORNING TEA


KEYNOTE LECTURE – Mapping Oranges, Pears, Figs, Quinces, Apples, Tomatoes, and Grapes: Gustave Caillebotte’s Fruit Displayed on a Stand

– Marni Kessler | Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas


SESSION 3. Professionalization and Mediatization (Chair: Allison Deutsch | University College London)

Picturing the Union Yards: Photography and the rise of a global meat trade

– Emily Morgan | Assistant Professor of Art History, Iowa State University

Flammes du gaz, courant électrique: l’affiche publicitaire des nouvelles cuissons à la fin du XIXe siècle

– Jean-Pierre Williot | Professor of Contemporary History, University François Rabelais

The Chef’s Image: Presentation and self-representation of chefs in the nineteenth

– Felix Bröcker | Trained chef and PhD fellow at the Offenbach Academy of Art and Design


Chefs as artists: The many facets of creativity in modern cuisines

– Guus Thijssen | Gastronomic Speaker & Tirion Keatinge | Head Chef of Scandinavian Embassy

12.15              LUNCH


Slow food: Still lifes of the Golden Age 

– Charlotte Rulkens | Junior Curator, Mauritshuis The Hague


SESSION 4. Agencies: Social and political connotations (Chair: Rachel Esner | University of Amsterdam)

Hungry eyes: The politics of taste in nineteenth-century American still-life painting

– Shana Klein | Post-doctoral Fellow in Global and Trans-regional History at the German Historical Institute and Georgetown University

Potato eaters, potato painters, and the taste of critics

– Lieske Tibbe | former Assistant Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen

A knot of species: Raphaelle Peale’s Still life with steak and the ecology of food

– Jeff Richmond-Moll | Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art History, University of

15.20              COFFEE BREAK


Concluding remarks by Ilja van Damme | Director of the Centre for Urban History History (CSG) and Associate Professor in Urban History, University of Antwerp
+ Discussion

16.50              END



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