Recent Events

Winter 2018

On 1-2 February, I co-organized a critical eating studies event at UCLA with my colleague Dr. Rachel Vaughn. Featuring inspiring food justice and food activism work and new thinking from leading scholars of foodways in the United States & beyond, including…

Tanya Fields (Founder and Executive Director, The BLK Project); Rick Nahmias(Founder and Executive Director, Food Forward LA); Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies, Pomona College; author of Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century); Heather Paxson (Professor of Anthropology, MIT; author of The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America); and many more…

For details and reflections, see the event page and my Rachel’s blog post.

Fall 2017

Delicious Destruction: Breakdown and ReValue in Big Food Science. Annual meeting of the American Studies Association (ASA), Chicago, USA, 9-12 November.

Fast Food for Lab Mice: Umami Taste Mechanisms in Non-human Animals and how they Relate to Doritos, as part of the panel: Bestial Technoscience: Nonhuman Animals as Technology and in Scientific Practice. Annual meeting of the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). Boston, USA, 30 August – 2 September.

Summer 2017

Delicious Destruction: Breakdown and ReValue in Big Food Science, as part of panel: (Re)Value in Critical Eating Studies: On Discard, Waste, and Metabolism @ Migrating Food Cultures: Engaging Pacific Perspectives on Food and Agriculture, the annual meeting of AFHVS/ASFS, Occidental College, 14-17 June.

Winter – Spring 2017

Taste No. 5: Imperial Japan, Protein Chemistry, and Race-making with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), as part of UCLA’s History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium, 22 May.

Tasty Molecules: Umami, Big Food, and the Chemosenses, as part of “Stop Making Sense: A Conversation between Sensory and Social Science about Food and Drink,” Chemical Heritage Foundation, 10 March.

Fall 2016

Musings on the Politics and Poetics of Deliciousness, as part of DISHING: a lecture series on food, feminism & the way we eat, hosted by the Center for the Study of Women, UCLA, Public Talk, 29 November.

Flavors of the Future, NonSalon @ Neuehouse hosted by Paloma Powers, Tasting & Conversation featuring the work of artist Sean Raspet, 27 September.

Deliciousness Added: Umami, Monosodium Glutamate & the Gut-Brain Axis, as part of the “Sensory Sensory Studies in STS and Their Methods” track at 4S/EAST Annual Meeting in Barcelona, 31 August – 3 September.

Summer 2016

Umami in a Box: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and the Paradox of Instant Deliciousness, as part of the panel, “Pleasure, Pain, Comfort, Deliciousness: Sensory Eating in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” with Nadia Berenstein (U of Pennsylvania) and Joel Dickau (U of Toronto), and chaired by Camille Bégin (Heritage Toronto), at Scarborough Fare: 2016 JOINT ANNUAL MEETING OF ASFS/AFHVS/CAFS, 22-25 June.

Developing Constipation: Dietary Fibre, Western Disease, and Industrial Carbohydrates. Co-authored with Sebastián Gil-RiañoDietary Innovation and Disease in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Conference to be held at San Servolo, Venice, Italy, 8-10 June.


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