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This course will provide a space for critical interrogation and discussion of food cultures and the politics that are associated with them. We will tackle questions of conspicuous consumption, the coloniality of food habits as well as ideologies associated with the human body. The foundational tenet of this seminar is that food is of particular political relevance despite attempts to portray it as 'just culture'.Please follow the "comment" link above for more information on comments, course readings, course requirements and grading.The department seeks to return to in-presence teaching for the winter semester. However, whether this class can be taught in presence depends on room capacities, safety regulations, and the development of the pandemic. More information will follow as soon as possible. Here you can find the latest s on the universitys Covid regulations: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/presse/press/latest-news/coronavirus
In preparation of the course, students may watch The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Axone (2020) and The Great Indian Kitchen (2021), which focus on class, race and gender, respectively. Prospective participants should also start looking for possible colonial entanglements in the food cultures and material consumption with which they engage every day.
All participants will conduct self-reflexive research by recording their dietary habits (e.g., what was consumed but also in which setting – at home, restaurant, public space – it was consumed) and analyzing them using the methodologies introduced over the semester (3/6 ECTS; ~2000 words; deadline 20 February 2022).
For 6 ECTS, students will write an additional short research paper on a food/politics-related subject of their choice (~2500 words; deadline 20 March 2022).
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