Table Topics: Food, Cultural Exchange and Gentrification

Miriam Stock (photo: private)

Miriam Stock (photo: private)

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?



Max Weber Stiftung

The Max Weber Foundation promotes global research, focused on the areas of social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities. Our research is conducted at ten institutes in various countries across the globe with different and independent fields of focus. Through our globally operating institutes, we are able to contribute to the communication and networking between Germany and our host countries or regions. By promoting academic dialogue and merging academic and non-academic employees from several countries with different cultural backgrounds, the Max Weber Foundation is able to strengthen the internationalization of research.

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  1. 14/04/2016

    […] Essen, Kulturaustausch und Gentrifizierung: Miriam Stock (PH Schwäbisch Gmünd) […]

  2. 17/05/2016

    […] fourth table was hosted with urban and cultural geographer Miriam Stock and her friend Ziad from Syria who were passionately talking about falafel in particular and the […]

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