A lecture with
Dr. Deborah Gewertz
G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology
"Why Anthropologists Study Food
(and I, Instant Noodles)"
Amherst College Campus
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
This lecture is simultaneously being recorded and broadcasted live as part of the
Virtual Lecture Series.
The anthropology of food does more than celebrate the world's various foodways. In this lecture, Deborah Gewertz will show that anthropologists study food because of its cross-cultural significance in creating groups, building kinship, defining the holy, verifying personal and moral value and shaping relations of equality and inequality. As she will illustrate with her recent research about instant ramen noodles worldwide, what one eats, when one eats, with whom one eats, how one eats and how one acquires what one eats are all socially, culturally, economically and politically impelled. That is, food (including its absence in such phenomena as famine and eating disorders) can only be fully understood within a broad anthropological context.
Questions? Please contact Carly Nartowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (413) 542-5366.