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"Global Brooklyn" International Launch

You're invited! Join Professor of Food Studies Fabio Parasecoli, Polish Academy of Sciences researcher Mateusz Halawa, and contributors in the international launch of their new book, Global Brooklyn.

"Global Brooklyn: Designing Food Experiences in World Cities" over an image of a cafe with lightbulbs dangling from the ceiling.

What do the fashionable food hot spots of Cape Town, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv have in common? Despite all their differences, consumers in each major city are drawn to a similar atmosphere: rough wooden tables in postindustrial interiors lit by Edison bulbs. It may look shabby and improvised but it is all carefully designed. It may romance the analog, but is made to be Instagrammed. It often references the New York borough, but is shaped by many networked locations where consumers participate in the global circulation of styles, flavors, practices, and values. This is the "Global Brooklyn" aesthetic.

Join Fabio and Mateusz, along with panels of contributors to their new book Global Brooklyn, to follow the "Global Brooklyn" phenomenon across different world cities in a series of book launch events exploring the influence of design and materialities on the transformation of food cultures around the world.

Join Us Around the World

Europe, Africa, and Middle East Launch

Wednesday, February 10
5:00 p.m. in London
6:00 p.m. in Paris
7:00 p.m. in Cape Town


RSVP for Zoom Link for the 2/10 Event

Americas Launch


Wednesday, February 17
3:00 p.m. in Los Angeles
6:00 p.m. in New York
8:00 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro


RSVP for Zoom Link for the 2/17 Launch

Asia and Australia Launch

Thursday, February 25
10:30 a.m. in Mumbai
12:00 p.m. in Shanghai
4:00 p.m. in Melbourne


RSVP for Zoom Link for the 2/25 Launch

Attendees will receive a discount code that can be applied toward the purchase of Global Brooklyn.

Each event will feature commentary from a different set of contributors:

February 10: Europe, Africa, and Middle East Launch Panelists

  • Adriana Rosati, designer, London, UK
  • Jonatan Leer, Head of Food and Tourism Research, University College Absalon, Roskilde, Denmark 
  • Susan Taylor-Leduc, art historian; founder and director of Picturesque Voyages, Paris, France 
  • JT Akai, author and writer, Accra, Ghana
  • Signe Rousseau, lecturer in critical literacy and professional communication, the University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Liora Gvion, senior lecturer, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel

February 17: Americas Launch Panelists

  • Bryan Moe, Assistant Professor, Biola University, Southern California
  • Katie LeBesco, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Communication and Media Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York City
  • Peter Naccarato, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Marymount Manhattan College, New York City
  • Mireya Loza, Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Thiago Nasser, founder and organizer of Junta Local, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 25: Asia and Australia Launch Panelists

  • Priyansha Jain, curator and designer, Mumbai, India
  • Helena Grinshpun, Asia Unit Coordinator at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace; adjunct lecturer, Asian Studies Department, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
  • Tania Lewis, Co-director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and Professor in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Oliver Vodeb, Senior Lecturer, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Yoshimi Osawa, Assistant Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan 

Learn More About the Book

Fabio Parasecoli and Mateusz Halawa's Global Brooklyn: Designing Food Experiences in World Cities, published by Bloomsbury, follows the "Global Brooklyn" phenomenon across different world cities, arguing for a stronger appreciation of design and materialities in understanding food cultures. Attentive to local contexts, struggles, and identities, contributors explore the global mobility of aesthetic, ethical, and entrepreneurial projects, and how they materialize in everyday practices on the ground. They describe new connections among eating, drinking, design, and communication in order to give a clearer sense of the contemporary transformations of food cultures around the world.

An image of a bar at a restaurant with large orb light fixtures hanging down from the ceiling.

"Global Brooklyn" Gallery

Visual digital media have supported the global diffusion of "Global Brooklyn" – its looks, and its feel, from fonts to the plating styles. Explore documentation of the "Global Brooklyn" aesthetic collected by collaborators former and current food studies students around the world.

Explore the Gallery