Colegio de Etnólogos y Antropólogos Sociales A.C.

Call for Chapter Proposals: More than the Madeleine

In Uncategorized on junio 29, 2017 at 9:15 AM

FoodAnthropology

Working title: More than the Madeleine: Food in Memory and Imagination

Call for chapter proposals: please circulate!

Claude Levi-Strauss posited that food has to be “good to think” before it is “good to eat.” That contemplative moment of judgement compels us both to remember and to imagine, making the two processes an integral part of eating. Memory tells us what is safe (or not!) to eat, provides us with our culinary traditions, and is the source of our cravings. Imagination helps us to determine what to do when confronted with new substances that we have yet to classify as edible, desirable, nutritious, or delicious. Without imagination and adaptation our foodways would be predictable, boring, and static. While memory has to do with past experiences, the abiding, the familiar, and one’s own cultural groups, imagination is about the future, the possible, the alien, the little known, and the other. Yet this…

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