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VIRTUAL EVENT: Joining the dots: food, family and migration research

19 January 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Dinner table with food on top and hands of family members. Image: Alexy Almond via Pexels

In this webinar, Dr Ivana Bajić-Hajduković will highlight the significance of researching transnational families in the context of both sending and destination countries, and the role that food plays in this process.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Jenny Woodman, Thomas Coram Research Unit

To receive detailed joining instructions, please email Jenny Woodman at least two days before the event.

Food, family and migration are often studied in social science as separate disciplines, with varying degrees of overlapping interest. 

Disciplinary boundaries, often reinforced with institutional and financial restrictions, hinder a holistic view of these inseparable social phenomena. 

Traditionally, migrant communities were studied from the perspective of host societies and the impact these communities have in destination countries, including the role of food they bring with them. 

Dr Bajić-Hajduković argues that migration impacts sending societies as much, possibly even more, than the host societies. 

Food plays a role in keeping stability not only amongst the migrant communities in the host societies, but more so among their family left behind. 

This talk will feature reflections from Dr Bajić-Hajduković’s latest book, ‘Can You Run Away From Sorrow? Mothers Left Behind in 1990s Belgrade’.

TCRU seminar series

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


Image: Alexy Almond via Pexels

About the Speaker

Dr Ivana Bajic-Hajdukovic

Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University London

Ivana earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from UCL (2008). Past research and publications focused on migration, material culture, family and remittances.

Since 2014, Ivana has been teaching and writing about food. Her current research is a comparative study of cheese production in London and the Italian Alps.