This Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellowship brings together artist Antonio Miralda and University of Chicago Anthropologist Stephan Palmié as they explore the intersection between food, art, and other forms of cultural exchange. This project also includes “Foodcultura: The Art and Anthropology of Cuisine,” a team-taught course with a particular focus on "Chicago's diverse and complex alimentary and gustatory worlds" being offered in Fall 2019.
Foodcultura: The Art and Anthropology of Food and Cuisine
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:50 PM
Co-taught by the internationally acclaimed conceptual artist Antoni Miralda and University of Chicago anthropologist Stephan Palmié, this experimental course aims to explore the aesthetics and politics of food-related forms of sociality in Chicago and beyond through first hand ethnographic and historical research. An initial set of lectures will give students a basic understanding of how anthropology and art have dealt with human foodways - i.e. those seemingly most "natural", but in fact, socially and culturally highly overdetermined ways in which we nourish ourselves and relate to others through food. Then the class will be divided into research teams under the direction of two graduate student project leaders to work on ethnographic, archival, or media-related projects concerning Chicago's diverse and complex alimentary and gustatory worlds.