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Learning to think about food



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The Department of Sociology in the The School of Arts and Social Sciences welcomes Pat Caplan as part of its 2017-18 Research Seminar Series.

An anthropological view

Are there any common issues which we should be considering when we study 'food'?

My own career has involved research in Tanzania, India and the UK, ranging from rural to urban settings and covered a period from the 1980s to the present. It has encompassed cultural, social and historical issues and employed a variety of methods. So what can I bring from any of this to my present research on food poverty in the UK? Given the wide geographical and historical differences between previous and present research, there are useful commonalities in concepts and themes.

About the speaker

Pat Caplan, Emeritus Professor 

Pat Caplan is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths, where she helped found the anthropology department in the 1970s. She has worked regularly in Tanzania (Mafia Island on the east coast) and South India (Chennai) and has also carried out research in the UK on food and health. She has written books on gender, risk, ethics, food, and personal narratives. Her most recent book is a historical biography of a Tanzanian. She is currently engaged in a study of food poverty in the UK focusing on the London Borough of Barnet and the county of Pembrokeshire in West Wales.

The talk will commence at 2:30pm and will be introduced by Martin Caraher, Centre for Food Policy, Sociology.

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When & where

2.30pm - 4.00pmWednesday 18th October 2017

DLG20 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom