2016 Conference

2016 Conference

Images from the three day event, over three venues!

2016 Gala Dinner

Held at the Residence of the French Ambassador to Malaysia


The first 2016 Food-and-Society International Conference was indeed a success, thanks to all stakeholders. This focused event organized by the Asia-Pacific Food Studies Network - whose headquarters are located at the National University of Malaysia - welcomed a community of 76 food enthusiasts, whether Chefs, food scholars, industry partners or food writers. Twelve countries were represented, covering a geographical area stretching from the United Kingdom to Japan, including among others, Turkey, France, Tanzania, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, etc.

We hosted as well a 3 Michelin Star Chef, food industrials and activists from the region, so they could engage together on issues such as food waste and the future of food. Presented papers stroke expounded on extremely diverse topics, such as Shark fin in China, Food Waste in Japan, Veganism and Politics in Malaysia, or Deconstructing the Gastronomisation Process, as well as the inherent wisdom of Soup Pots in Cambodia, to name a few; their intrinsic contribution ranged from product development to philosophical sensemaking, notwithstanding historical analysis and political activism.

Proceedings of the 2016 conference will be available online before November 2017. The 2016 international conference was also the launching platform of the Toyota foundation research program incorporating 3 institutions from Japan, Malaysia, and Cambodia entitled “GENERATIONS: Recognizing and Promoting the Value of Former Generations:​ Domestic and Community Contribution to Nutrition, Health and Family Balance in Disadvantaged Urban Areas”. For more information, check project URL:  http://www.toyotafound.or.jp/english/program/2016-0908-1039-6.html.

Preliminary findings will be presented at the F&S conference on 17, 18, 19 November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Keynote Speakers 2016

Industry Speakers 2016

Consuming. Eating. Well-being.

Proponents of the structuralism movement used to say that food is quintessentially the grammar of peoples’ culture. Nowadays, closed culinary systems that can be comprehended and investigated as cultural systems are seldom to be found. Todays’ urban plural eaters are complex social beings; nonetheless, studying their eating habits can help making sense of their social identity (trans)formations, while leading to more macro issues such a globalization versus ethnic revival through revitalization of forgotten crops; or even cultural decolonization through construction of national cuisines.

Studying eating habits is not limited to scrutinizing dining out or eating-at-home patterns. Investigating food consumption subsequently interrogates the upstream links in the human food chain, such as food transformation, distribution and production, and therefore questions more broadly man’s relationship with society.

This international conference aims at examining political, sociological, anthropological and economic forces that shape individual and communities’ position and role in the common society, using food as a heuristic unit.



The first Food and Society International Conference, inter-disciplinary in nature, wishes to focus on two main themes: “Politics of Food” and “Food and Wellness”. Scholars from all fields, who have an interest into food as a research object, as well as industry professionals, are welcome to submit an abstract related to one of these two axes:



  • Agriculture and trade agreements
  • Agriculture, feeding and Society
  • Agro-Tourism
  • Food production polities
  • Food and Social Cohesion
  • Food Industrialization
  • Food journalism
  • Food education
  • Food commodification/glorification
  • National Cuisine
  • Food boundaries
  • Food and religion
  • Foodscapes and food spaces


  • Food-related pathologies
  • Eating patterns and behaviors
  • Food innovation and design
  • Alternative Food Networks
  • Food locavorism
  • Food as medicine
  • Eating Retrovolution
  • New trends in dining out concepts
  • New and young cuisines
  • Revitalization of ethnic foods or forgotten crops
  • The future of food

Conference Program 2016

Food and Society 2016 - Eating. Consuming. Well-being.
Day 1
18 Nov 2016
Day 2
19 Nov 2016
Day 3
20 Nov 2016

Early Registration

Registration of all delgates at Danau Golf Club, University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Afternoon tea will be provided.  

Late Registration

Late registration for delegates and attendees at Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya. More information on how to get to the hotel can be found here.    

Welcoming Addresses

Welcoming Addresses Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr. Shamsul A. B. Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University Malaysia
Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

Keynote Presentation 1

“Social Cohesion vs. Social Distinction: the Role of Vocational Education in the Construction of Taste” Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul A. B. Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universitit Kebangsaan Malaysia
Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

Keynote Presentation 2

“Forging a New Malaysia – Together in Vegetarianism?” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gaik Cheng Khoo University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus
Associate Prof. Dr. Gaik Cheng Khoo

Q&A Session

Room: TBC

Coffee Break

Industry Panel 1

“Latest Industry Trends in Dining & Food Industry”   Chef Bruno Menard Celebrated Chef on Three Continents  Mr. Huza Radzi Consultant Fine Dining Expert Mr. Patrick Deyris Initiator of Food...
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Mr. Hervé Drouin
Mr. Patrick Deyris
Mr. Huza Radzi
Chef Bruno Menard

Q&A Session

Room TBC
12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Concurrent Session 1

PAPER 1: “Rice and the politics of national cuisine in Malaysia and Indonesia, 1980-2010” PAPER 2: “Down with Shark Fin!: The Politics of Eating Shark Fin and its Shifting Nationality...
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Concurrent Session 2

PAPER 6: “Food in migration: in search of meaning” PAPER 7: “Hokkien Mee: A Case Study of Social Integration in Klang Valley, Malaysia” PAPER 8: “Beyond Halal: Food and the Muslim...
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Coffee Break

Concurrent Session 1

PAPER 4: “Possible Countermeasures to Reduce Food Loss in Japan” PAPER 5: “Politics of Food: The Process of Gastronomisation in Malaysia”  

Concurrent Session 2

PAPER 9: “Space, Identity, and Foodscapes in the Coffeehouses of Penang, Malaysia” PAPER 10: “Food and Nature, Health and Consumerism in Traditional Chinese Festivals: A Case Study of Functional Food and Celebration Food...
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Gala Dinner

Welcoming address by His Excellency and Keynote Speech by Chef Bruno Menard. Venue: The Residence of H.E., the Ambassador of France in Malaysia
Chef Bruno Menard

Concurrent Session 3

PAPER 11: “The Hidden Value in Indigenous Vegetables: Incorporating Nutritious Crops into Malaysian Diet” PAPER 12: “The local way: rediscovering nutritious  Malaysian cuisine” PAPER 13: “Appropriating nutrition science to valorize traditional cuisine: Is there inherent wisdom in  Cambodian customary eating patterns?”

Concurrent Session 4

PAPER 16: “Food Security Crisis and Alternative Development in China” PAPER 17: “Promoting Sustainable Shark Foodways against Global Campaign against Shark Fin Consumption” PAPER 18: “Food Cold Chain in Japan, China and Southeast Asia”

Coffee Break

Concurrent Session 3

PAPER 14: “Changes of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity during the production of Khaomak (sweet fermented rice) from three unpolished glutinous rice (Oryza sativa L.)” PAPER 15: “Microstructure and qualities improvement by hydrocolloid supplementation of enriched protein instant noodle dried by the continuous microwave”

Concurrent Session 4

PAPER 19: “The Malay Muslim Middle Class and Consumerism: The Changing Consumption of Foods” PAPER 20: “Motives for Millennials’ Choice on Traditional Food and their Level of Consumption: A Cross-Cultural Comparison.” PAPER 21: “Future of Food: Perception of Consuming Virtual Food”
12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Keynote Presentation 3

“Agro tourism development models in rural areas in Georgia” Ms. Lela Khartishvili Agro-Tourism Expert for International Agencies in Georgia
Ms. Lela Khartishvili

Keynote Presentation 4

“Edible Plants and the Concept of Soft Survival in modern urban lifestyle” Dr. François Couplan Ethnobotanist and edible plants specialist
Dr. François Couplan

Coffee Break

Industry Panel 2

“Taste and Education”   Chef Jean-Michel Fraisse  Global Culinary Trainer, Founder of HTC Asia Chef Darren Teoh Head Chef – Dewakan Restaurant Dr. François Couplan  Ethnobotanist & Edible Plants Specialist  Mr. Rick Chee Founder of Food Aid Foundation
Mr. Rick Chee
Chef Jean-Michel Fraisse
Chef Darren Teoh
Dr. François Couplan


Official Partners


Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA)

KITA is a national research institute within the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - UKM). Its primary mission is to study the evolution of inter and intra-ethnic relations in Malaysia. UKM posits itself as “the Guardian of the Nation”, as in preserving Malaysia’s heritage, culture and identity.

It is the only full-fledged research institute in Malaysia focusing specifically on ethnic studies. KITA has a thematic studies' orientation: the institute draws its strength from both disciplinary studies as well as area studies, thus encouraging cross-disciplinary activities, involving three major sectors within the society: the public, the private, and the community sectors. KITA adopts an inclusivist approach in conducting its activities.

Click here to visit KITA's website

The National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, aka The National University of Malaysia, is a premier university in Malaysia. It is a research university. It receives its autonomy status in early 2012, after meeting tough standards set by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

Its mission is to be the top university in Malaysia in the dissemination of breakthrough research news carried out by the university's excellent social and natural scientists and researchers

Click here to visit UKM's Website