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Eating has never been a purely biological act. Join us to explore the symbolic and cultural meanings of food and eating as the UCL Institute of Archaeology brings 7 exceptional speakers to the Dana Centre.

What are the reasons for your particular tastes? Why do you enjoy certain foods and feel disgusted by another? What is the food of the future, and will it be to your liking? Make up your own mind by sampling insect-based delicacies from the Ento Project.

Food also plays a large part in the shape of our bodies and how we perceive ourselves. How have these issues changed through history? What is the science behind the newest popular diets? And is there really a magic fix? Discuss the answers to these questions while you try your hand at life-drawing.


Meredith Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow, the Courtauld Institute of Art

Catherine Collins, Principal Dietitian, St George's Hospital NHS Trust

Lucy Saunders, Spirited Bodies

Esther Bunting, Spirited Bodies

Mark Thomas, Evolutionary geneticist, UCL

Peter Smithers, Entomologist, Plymouth University

Julene Aguirre Bielschowsky, co-founder of Ento

Please be aware that this event will include a nude life-drawing class.