Eating Culture: The Anthropology of Food

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:

ANTH 393:A02
Eating Culture: The Anthropology of Food
Dr. Marie Hopwood

Course Description:
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.


10 thoughts on “Eating Culture: The Anthropology of Food

    1. TheSheepAreOut Post author

      Thanks! I’m really looking forward to delving more into the Canadian side of food politics. It will be interesting to see where the two countries diverge and where they are similar.

  1. Mr. Bright Wings

    I posted my previous comment from my phone. I just logged in on a desktop and saw your picture at the beginning of this post. What a great picture. You’re so beautiful! As always, of course, but I don’t often get to say so.

  2. TheSheepAreOut Post author

    Thanks, Little Bro! 🙂 That’s always nice to hear. That photo is one of my favorites from Turkey. It’s taken in Istanbul after a brutally hard field season. Dave and I went for cocktails at the Pera Palace, one of the major hotel destinations from the Orient Express, and the place where Agatha Cristie kept a private room for writing. 🙂


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