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Undoing to redoing food anthropology 
Michele Fontefrancesco (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Sabine Parrish (University of Aberdeen)
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Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores food anthropology's blurry theoretical and methodological boundaries, addressing its history, present challenges, and future, aiming to clarify its unique contributions to the wider anthropological discourse.

Long Abstract:

Over the past half-century, food anthropology has emerged as a specialized field, harnessing the intricacies of food and culinary habits to delve into different aspects of social life—from gender roles and political dynamics to kinship structures, economic relations, and religious practices. The rapid evolution and broadening of this field have blurred its theoretical and methodological boundaries, prompting profound existential questions, such as: "In what context does the term 'anthropology of food' remain pertinent?", "What methodologies distinctly characterize this sub-discipline?", and "Upon what theoretical pillars does food anthropology firmly stand?"

This panel seeks to confront these pressing queries, welcoming insights and critiques that traverse the historical and intellectual development, current state, and prospective trajectory of food anthropology. By analyzing the theories and methodologies substantiating this field, the panel highlights its unique contributions. At the same time, discussing the future challenges that food anthropologists will face and should address in the future, from climate to socio-economic change, it aims to define what food anthropology can offer in terms of perspective, practice, and engagement with the wider anthropological debate.

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -