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Feast & Fast

The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

CONFERENCE Power, Promise, Politics: The pineapple from Columbus to Del Monte

CONFERENCE Power, Promise, Politics: The pineapple from Columbus to Del Monte's profile image

The Sainsbury Laboratory Auditorium (Cambridge University Botanic Garden) & The Bateman Auditorium (Gonville and Caius College)

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February 2020

The pineapple is an emblem of power, promise and politics and continues to attract interest from plant scientists, historians and artists. From its ‘discovery’ by European colonisers in the late 15th century to an everyday canned food and logo of fair trade movements, it is a story through which we can understand modern globalisation.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together academics from the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as museum professionals and artist-practitioners. They will investigate the understudied tensions between the representational power of the pineapple and the political contexts of its production around the globe.

This conference builds on some of the themes from the Fitzwilliam’s Feast & Fast exhibition, while making connections between the global and local origins of the food that we eat which are at the heart of contemporary debates.

For more information and how to book visit the CRASSH website or email:

  • Time: 09:00 - 17:00 (20th) and 09:30 - 16:30 (21st)
  • Date: Thursday 20 of February, 2020
  • Cost: £40 (£20 concessions) for both days, or £20 (£10 concessions) for one day
  • Venue: Day 1: Fitzwilliam Museum and Sainsbury Lab Auditorium (Botanic Garden); Day 2: Bateman Auditorium (Gonville and Caius)
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