Class and Gender Inequality in Food Activism and Foodie CultureClass and Gender Inequality in Food Activism and Foodie Culturehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/159821Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2010-11-22T16:30:002010-11-22T18:00:00
November 22,2010 4:30PM–6:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Talk by Josée Johnston, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
Feasting on Culture: The Significance of Food in Everyday Life
Seminar Leader: Isobel Grad '11 (Sociology, Environmental Studies Concentration) Faculty Advisor: Ken Koltun-Fromm (Religion) Seminar Participants: Alissa Aron '11 (Chemistry), Sarah Harrison '13 (Undecided), Colleen Hotchkiss '11 (Spanish with a Gender & Sexuality Concentration), Julia Hunter '13 (Undecided), Cameron Scherer '11 (Political Science, Economics minor), Beatriz Sanchez '12 (Anthropology)
Have you ever spent a day watching people eat? What they will and will not eat? How, when and with whom they eat? Food is deeply intertwined with our everyday, even hourly lives; it is a necessary part of embodiment but, apparently since the invention of fire, has had far deeper meanings that simply sustaining life and energy. Whether or not we consciously think about it, we all have a strong stake in what we eat at every meal – is it moral? Politically just? Clean? Does it remind us of family, align us with a social group? Is it environmentally friendly? Does it taste good? What is the most important of these considerations? What we eat really defines how we eat, and the process of consuming food has implications that permeate all aspects of our lives to some extent – social, religious, political, sexual. This seminar will, hopefully, tackle some of these questions, and why they are so important to cultures around the world. The readings will focus on the ways in which food impacts, and is impacted by, our relationships with the rest of the world, whether that relationship be purely physical, emotional, or symbolic and theoretical.
Student Seminars are interdisciplinary not-for-credit classes designed and run by students, with topics ranging from same-sex marriage to the relationship between poetry and polynomials. Students are invited each spring to propose (individually or with a partner) a theme or subject of interest that they would like to explore in a group setting (six or seven participants) the following fall. The Student Seminar organizer(s) recruit(s) a faculty advisor, who helps develop the students' syllabus, sitting in on one of the sessions in the fall. All books, materials, and refreshments are funded by the Center, and each student receives a generous book stipend to purchase other materials related to the seminar topic. The Center also funds a visiting speaker if desired. Each year HHC holds workshops for those interested in leading a Student Seminar.
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