The Olive Oil Culture in the Mediterranean, November 10-11, Toronto, ON, Canada

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The Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies

The purpose of this conference is to bring together a group of scholars interested in examining the role of the olive tree and olive oil in the history of the Mediterranean, from antiquity to the present. Its perspective is interdisciplinary and its scope is multicultural. Among the topics to be examined are the symbolic value of the olive tree and olive oil in the religious, artistic and literary history of the nations surrounding the Mediterranean basin. The conference also intends to explore the cultivation of olive trees, the production history of oil, its economic history, its centrality in the food culture of the Mediterranean, and, finally, the movement of oil and its symbolism to other areas of the globe as part of the Mediterranean diasporas. Proposals for 30 minute papers are invited on issues in any of these areas. A selection of papers will be published in a refereed volume of proceedings. Proposals should be approximately 250 words long, should include the title of the paper, the author's institutional affiliation and contact information, and should be sent to by May 1, 2011.