Dr. Carole Counihan 2010 SAFN Distinguished Speaker

A message from SAFN President Janet Chrzan:

I hope you are all getting very excited about the upcoming meeting in New Orleans… I know I am. We’ve had a few messages go out about the SAFN events and sessions, and invite everyone to come to the 2010 Distinguished Speaker talk and SAFN business meeting, which will occur on Friday evening November 19 from 6 pm until 7:30 pm, to be followed immediately by a joint reception with Culture and Agriculture and Anthropology and the Environment.

We are delighted to announce that our Distinguished Speaker for 2010 will be Carole Counihan, Professor of Anthropology at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. This award is long overdue since Dr. Counihan has been a pioneer in the Anthropology of Food and the rise of Food Studies. For over two decades, Dr. Counihan has been active in anthropology, gender, and food studies and has conducted ethnographic research in Sardinia and Florence, as well as in the United States. She is author of Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence (2004) and The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning and Power (1999).  She is editor of Food in the USA: A Reader (2002) and co-editor (with Penny Van Esterik) of the second edition of Food and Culture: A Reader (2007).

At our Business Meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Counihan will deliver a talk entitled Inside/Outside: Food in Anthropology. She has provided this tantalizing abstract:

“This presentation explores diverse issues in food anthropology by playing with the concepts of inside and outside and the moving and melding between them.  Food passes in and out of the body; it crosses from private to public and vice versa; it involves ideas inside the head and behaviors out in the world; its practice ranges from contemplation in the office to activism in the streets.  Drawing from past ethnographic research on women’s food-centered life histories in Tuscany and Colorado and current research on food activism in Italy, I will suggest some ways the concepts of inside and outside might generate ideas about food, gender, power, and culture.”

Posted by Rachel Black

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