| This page represents my first stab at locating useful material available on the web. It will grow as I work on the class, and I welcome student input. At the moment the categories are broad, but I hope useful.
This is a small sampling of what's available through Ai databases.
Clapp, Jennifer. “The Global Food Crisis and International Agricultural Policy: Which Way Forward?” Global Governance 15 (2009): 299-312. EBSCO. Web.
Super, John C. “Review Essay: Food and History.” Journal of Social History 36:1 (Fall 2002): 165-178. EBSCO. Web.
Twiss, Katheryn. “The Archaeology of Food and Social Diversity.” Journal of Archaeological Research 20.4 (December 2012):357-395. EBSCO. Web.
Zhang, Peter. “Food As A Social Medium and a Medium of Culture.” ETC: A Review of General Semantics. 70.2 (April 2013):174-177. EBSCO. Web.
Be careful about search terms! Typing in "food and culture" will load your results with articles about fungus and such. Try "food and anthropology" or "food and politics" or "food and history"--although these may also produce very broad results.
Over the last few years, academic studies of food have sprouted up (sorry) in many major universities. Here are a few; try looking at their course descriptions and readings for project and group presentation topics.
Philosophy of Food Project. University of North Texas. (Not a course per se, but it promises to become a clearing house for related courses)
Food for Discourse and Thought: The Anthropology of Food and Communication. University of Texas. (Anthropology 393, Spring 2014) The course outline offers several different perspectives on food and culture and a helpful bibliography.
University of Notre Dame: Are We Eating Good Food? This course takes more specific direction, but has some helpful material. See especially the "Tips on getting the most out of a seminar" for ideas on how to maximize your understanding and enjoyment of this class.
Rutgers University: Eating Right: The Ethics of Food Choices and Food Policy. The introductory video provides a nifty introduction to doing philosophy in general, and considering philosophical issues connected with food consumption more specifically. Otherwise there's only a course description, but it poses some of the questions we can consider.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Teaching the Food System. This is a program designed to teach teachers how to teach about our food-producing system. Go to the "Explore the Curriculum" button for terrific materials on several topics. I've linked the background reading on the History of Food to week 1 on the Schedule.
If you haven't yet been initiated into the wonder that is TED, now's the time to get started. High-quality, short (~20 min.) talks by stellar presenters on interesting topics--it doesn't get much better than this. I've linked one of the curated playlists below (click on it to get to the individual talks). You might also learn a thing or two about engaging presentation techniques.
Mark Bittman: “What’s wrong with what we eat?”
Another food-related playlist: Talks for Foodies,
Coming soon: more video sources.
There are several available, although access to articles may be limited to subscribers. I’ll list them as I come across them.
Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture
Food Politics (Marion Nestle)
The Food Ethics Blog
The Silk Road Gourmet
last update: 07.08.14