Communication and Culture | Topics in Performance and Culture (Topic: Food Performance and Ethnography)
C414 | 13547 | Robinson, J.


TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, BH 240

Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Jennifer Robinson
E-Mail: jenmetar@indiana.edu
Office: 800 E. 3rd St.  room 275
Phone: 855-4607

This course investigates food as a medium of cultural performance
and communication.  Now is an especially apt moment to develop more
nuanced understandings of how food functions in language, icons,
values, and power systems, as the global food industry begins to
meet response from local and traditional populations. The course
will examine how people use food and language about food in
contemporary performances of everyday life and in such events as
rituals, spectacles, festivals, or fairs.  Questions we ask
include:  How do people use food and language about food to
communicate their social values?  How do they use it to advance
social ends?  How does food intersect with issues of race, class,
and gender? The course is discussion based and requires original
fieldwork.  Major projects will include two exams and an
ethnographic account of how food is used in one cultural
performance.