Food Culture in the Post-COVID-19 Era:

Tradition, Industry and Regional Promotion



[Deadline revise and registration instructions]


November 26th (Sat) – 27th (Sun), 2022

(Detailed schedule will be posted in our next round notice.)


Venue in Japan: Ritsumeikan University Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC).

Noji-Higashi 1-1-1, Kusatsu, Shiga-ken, Japan 525-8577

Venue in China: (to be determined)

Venues contact online via ZOOM Webinar.


[Call for Papers]

June 2, 2022

Dear scholars of food studies,

Dear fellows of food, beverage and catering industry,

For the past two years, the pandemic has caused a tremendous impact on people from all countries and all walks of life. Humans are facing unpredictable challenges, in terms of environment and pandemic, many of which are related to food. Food is not only essential for human beings, but it also has a massive impact on the world’s socio-economic development. In recent years, Asian countries have put a lot of efforts on regional economy and their communities, especially the ones negatively affected by the pandemic. Food studies are therefore expected to play an important role in this effort. This is why we have decided that the 12th Asian Food Study Conference should be themed “Food Culture in the Post-COVID-19 Era – Tradition, Industry and Regional Promotion”. We would like to invite colleagues from all fields related to food research, industries, government departments and institutions related to local revitalization, to join us for this annual event.

Asian Food Study Conference (AFSC) is a high-end academic forum launched by food scholars in China and international colleagues, aiming at studying the major issues of food production and consumption in a global perspective and exploring the future development trend of food culture. Since 2011, AFSC has been held successively in eleven renowned cities across the Asia, which attracted over 200 scholars from nearly 30 countries and regions to give talks.

This year we are honored to have Ritsumeikan University to host the twelfth annual, with the major meeting taking place in its Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC). Ritsumeikan University co-organized the 6th AFSC with Japan National Museum of Ethnology in 2016, themed on Food Cultural Exchange – the Past, Present and Future. The International Research Center for Gastronomic Culture of Ritsumeikan University played a big part for the main venue of the meeting. Which is now known instead as Research Center for Gastronomic Culture of Ritsumeikan University. Last year the conference themed “Customs and Styles: The Beverage Culture of Health and Civilization in New Age”, it took the part as the organizer for the second place of meeting in Japan, co-operated with its main in Hangzhou China.

In the future, Research Center for Gastronomic Culture of Ritsumeikan University will continually support the activities of the Asian Food Study Conference.


1. Deadline for submitted form (with title and abstract) is Friday September 30th.

2. Deadline for early-bird registration and payment is Friday September 30th.

3. Deadline for the full text (manuscript and PPT) is Friday October 28th (required for simultaneous interpretation, please do not overdue).

4. Participant list with formal invitation will be confirmed on Monday October 31st.

5. Conference agenda will be sent on Friday November 11th.

5. Deadline for registration and payment on Wednesday November 23th.

6. Conference dates are Saturday & Sunday November 26th&27th.

  ※Time schedule is based on JST (UTC +9).


1. Suiyuan Book Awards (Book of the year, on food studies);

2. Exhibitions for well-known brands of food and beverages.


1. Registration

Please read the QR-code to fill the submitted form, or click the link.

If you have already registered for oral presentation, you do not have to re-register.

Participant In China→ Please review the Chinese version.

Participant out of China→

2. Payment link

After registration, read the payment detail carefully as below:

Participant In China→ Please review the Chinese version.

Participant out of China→

When you succeed to fill the online submitted form, don’t forget to complete the payment link until the deadline on the table.

3. Early-bird price is only available till September 30th, 2022. For those participate in Ritsumeikan University, please finish the payment until November 11th (Friday).

4. All prices in the tables are set according to the local situation, whatever online or offline, prices include simultaneous interpretation in Japanese, Chinese and English.

5. People out of Japan and China are encouraged to participant online. Due to the pandemic control policies of different countries, we could hardly provide you any documents or convenience for applying visa. Do consider the risks and cost for entry.

6. Participants travel to the venue have to pay the round-trip tickets and accommodations on their own. If you need us to make hotel reservation on your behalf (for Chinese venue only), don’t hesitate to write to us.


1. Please submit your essay with new finds, viewpoints, methods and/or cases.

2. Time for keynotes (general meeting and panel sessions) is 20 minutes per speaker. For other presentations is 15 minutes per speaker. Each one has 5 minutes for Q&A.

3. Paper collections will be posted and available in PDF. Some unpublished papers would be recommended by the committee to academy journals.


1. English, Japanese and Mandarin are general languages.

2. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the conference (EN/JP/CN only).

3. Please submit your topic and abstract at least in two languages of English, Japanese or Chinese (No less than 500 words for English; 400 – 800 words for Japanese; no less than 300 words for Chinese) at the time of registration.

4.Your manuscript and PPT should be sent by email no later than October 28th. They will be used only for the simultaneous interpretation. We do not provide translation services for PowerPoint, your PowerPoint is preferred to present in English.



Committee of Asian Food Study Conference

Chairman: ZHAO Rongguang

Rotating Chairman: MINAMI Naoto

Secretariat: ASAKURA Toshio (Director), ARATA Mariko,

WANG Si, LI Na, LIU Zhengyu, YIN Xiaoxing


International Research Center for Gastronomic Science of Ritsumeikan University


School Humanities & Communication of Zhejiang Gongshang University


Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan University

(Other Co-organizers and support to be determined)


1. Hosts of other meeting venues are expected. Please recommend candidates to us. For self-recommended, please send your proposal by email, let us know your specific supports either on academic or business.

2. We sincerely invite industry representatives in terms of food, beverage, and catering. Please write to ask more about co-organizing, being sponsors and advertising.


If you have any questions or advice, please feel free to contact us at (English, Japanese and Chinese are available).

You may follow our page on Facebook @ AsianFoodStudyConference.

Also, you may contact with our secretariat

Amanda: +86 186-6809-9229 (For Mandarin & English)

NANA: +81 080-4623-3741 (For Japanese & English)