It’s official, I will be teaching Eating Culture: The Anthropology of Food at the University of Victoria this Fall (2014) semester! I am completely excited to be getting my toes back into university teaching, and it doesn’t suck that the course I will be teaching is one of my favorites. Please share the news with anyone you know that attends the university, and feel free to share information about the class. If anyone has any questions about the course, please just send me a comment to this post.
Here is the basic course information:
Eating Culture: The Anthropology of Food
Dr. Marie Hopwood
What does it mean to “eat” culture? And what is “food” anyway? Through this course students will explore the cultural creation of food, specifically how food is used to create and maintain identity; be this ethnic, national, religious, or gendered. Issues of food production, including the effects of industrialization and McDonaldization on workers, consumers, and the food itself, will be discussed. Course topics will be drawn from examples around the globe, as well as from our own cultural milieu. Students will use the skills gained over the course of the semester to formulate a research paper that will be presented in a class-based anthropology of food “conference.” The topic of research is open for students to be inspired by the broad range of topics available.