Food Across Borders: Exploring the Complexities of Sovereignty, Memory and Belonging

Food Across Borders: Exploring the Complexities of Sovereignty, Memory and Belonging

Time: Friday, 3:55 PM to 5:20 PM

 

Moderator: E. Melanie DuPuis, Chair of Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University

Panelists:

E. Melanie DuPuis, Chair of Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University

Matthew Garcia,

Teresa Mares, Associate Professor, University of Vermont

Meredith Abarca, Professor, University of Texas at El Paso

 

Keywords: Food Sovereignty

Summary:

The act of eating defines and redefines borders. What constitutes “American” in our cuisine has always depended on a liberal crossing of borders, from “the line in the sand” that separates Mexico and the United States, to the grassland boundary with Canada, to the imagined divide in our collective minds between “our” food and “their” food. Immigrant workers have introduced new cuisines and ways of cooking that force the nation to question the boundaries between “us” and “them.”  

Food Across Borders, published in October, 2017, comes from two years of authors’ discussions, supported by the Clements Center at Southern Methodist University.  Panelists will discuss their chapters in this book, contributions that highlight the contiguity between the intimate decisions we make as individuals concerning what we eat and the social and geopolitical processes we enact to secure nourishment, territory, and belonging.   

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