Table Topics: Food, Cultural Exchange and Gentrification
Miriam Stock is a cultural geographer who deals with questions of migration, urban transformation, consumption and food cultures between Germany and the Arab region. She recently worked as an educational and vocational consulter for refugees in Berlin and is now a junior professor for cultural studies at the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd.
Based on her long-time ethnographic research about falafel in Berlin, Miriam Stock offers a surprising approach on how migrant food cultures transform our cities. Arab entrepreneurs in Berlin never targeted an Arab migrant consumer group, but from the beginning took part in Berlin’s gentrification thus transforming the falafel into a Berlin’s middle class taste. At the WeberWorldCafé, Miriam Stock aims to discuss topics surrounding refugees, food and urban participation. In which way can food be an entry into Berlin’s urban society, both as consumption as well as an entrepreneurial basis? How inclusionary or exclusionary are food cultures particularly in regards to Berlin’s extensive gentrification? How do refugees shape Berlin’s neighborhoods in regard to food and what is their relation to older migrants? And last but not least, in which way can food work as a tool for intercultural exchange between old and new Berliners?