Presentation Title

Imperial Foodies

Faculty Mentor

Ari Laskin

Start Date

17-11-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

C305

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

While many eat for sustenance many of us might take it a step further and call ourselves a ‘foodie’, or someone with a particularly strong interest in eating food as a hobby. A large group of popular media today is created for the ‘foodie’; often someone exploring the earth to taste the foods of different cultures. From Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown to people trying weird foods in Buzzfeed react videos, this subsect of content is noticeably prevalent. While I believe these works of media are well intended, they often perpetuate an ‘othering’ of cultures as well as power dynamics grounded in colonialist ideologies in their search for objective truth or authenticity. My project seeks to underscore conceptions of race, privilege, and authenticity in order to reveal the oppressive structure facilitated and embedded in media practices to analyze the capacities of distinct forms of documentation. There seems to be a notable trend of sensationalism in media that often negatively affects the representation of it’s subjects, these representations can be more problematic when cultural identity is being mediated. Through multiple film and cultural theorist I have put forward suggestions to transcend the traditional documentary language and means of production that can result in the problematic portrayals of cultural identity.

Summary of research results to be presented

This project culminated in a research paper paralleling certain ideologies to politics and poetics of a certain subsect of media, specifically food and travel based. The results of the research is the argument for these connections as well as specific attempts to subvert to the effects of these documentary practices.

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Nov 17th, 2:15 PM Nov 17th, 2:30 PM

Imperial Foodies

C305

While many eat for sustenance many of us might take it a step further and call ourselves a ‘foodie’, or someone with a particularly strong interest in eating food as a hobby. A large group of popular media today is created for the ‘foodie’; often someone exploring the earth to taste the foods of different cultures. From Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown to people trying weird foods in Buzzfeed react videos, this subsect of content is noticeably prevalent. While I believe these works of media are well intended, they often perpetuate an ‘othering’ of cultures as well as power dynamics grounded in colonialist ideologies in their search for objective truth or authenticity. My project seeks to underscore conceptions of race, privilege, and authenticity in order to reveal the oppressive structure facilitated and embedded in media practices to analyze the capacities of distinct forms of documentation. There seems to be a notable trend of sensationalism in media that often negatively affects the representation of it’s subjects, these representations can be more problematic when cultural identity is being mediated. Through multiple film and cultural theorist I have put forward suggestions to transcend the traditional documentary language and means of production that can result in the problematic portrayals of cultural identity.