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Kneading Knowledge: Virtual Sharing of Embodied Knowledge of Migration Through Online Cooking

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In May 2020, the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) worked in collaboration with the charity Migrateful on the project Breaking Bread, providing King’s staff with the opportunity to participate in online cookery classes that were led by refugees, asylum seeker and migrants. Kneading Knowledge builds on the success and positive feedback from this project, and registration is now open for King's student and staff to take part in eight online cookery classes running across October to November 2020 (see bottom of this page).

Migrateful supports asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to employment, independence and integration into the community by offering cookery classes where migrant chefs share their native cuisine, culture and stories. The hope through doing this is to break down prejudice among the public and to foster greater intercultural understanding.

Kneading Knowledge provides the Arts and Humanities at King’s with an innovative model for socially engaged research that includes a service provision and that links to teaching interactivity. Migrateful will facilitate virtual cookery classes, for KCL students, staff, and members of the public, with participants learning about migration histories from migrant and refugee chefs.

The project involves the following academics who are currently working on aspects of migration:



The project seeks to provide King’s students and staff a sense of wellbeing and connection during an isolating time; classes are running across October and November 2020 to coincide with new students starting at King’s.

Kneading Knowledge will bring participants and communities together through a shared experience of embodied learning. Migrateful’s impact research over the past year demonstrates that their cookery classes are enriching (97% say they would recommend them to a friend) and 41% report that the experience increased their understanding of the position of refugees.



Each interactive online cookery class will last 1.5 to 2 hours and will be hosted by one of Migrateful's chefs who will lead participants through two authentic recipes, stopping frequently to answer questions, share anecdotes, and provide feedback on the participants’ dishes. Most chefs will teach vegetarian recipes (for non-vegetarian recipes, a vegetarian alternative will be offered) and will try to make recipes as accessible as possible in terms of ingredients you will likely find at home. Participants will be sent in advance a list of ingredients and equipment needed.

Following cooking, participants will be invited to enjoy their meals over informal conversation on migration and belonging led by migration researchers from King’s. If they so choose, they can share their own experiences of migration at follow-up interviews. At some of the classes, artists will also be on-hand to capture experiences and to produce artworks in response. 



Eight cookery classes are running across October and November 2020. Up to 10 places per class are available for King's students and staff on a first come, first served basis. You can register through the links below. Please note that you can register for one class only and you must use your KCL email address.

Project status: Ongoing



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