International Symposium, 1-2 Dec. 2017, Tokyo
Convenors: Prof. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka (Leiden University) and Prof. Masanobu Ishikawa (Kobe University)

This will be the very first symposium on the history of food packaging to bring together scholars and industry experts with the aim of mapping the agenda for investigating this as yet largely uncharted topic. It will offer a unique opportunity for discussion for anthropologists, economists, geographers, historians, and sociologists interested in, or working on, any aspect of food packaging history since 1900.

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the open-access journal Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (

The symposium will be organised jointly by Leiden University and Kobe University, in close cooperation with 3×3 Lab Future and Gomi Japan.

It is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), as part of the activities undertaken within the framework of the Garbage Matters Project.

More information soon to follow.