Monday, February 15, 2010

Good to Eat, Good to Think: Changing Food Practices in Contemporary India - Lecture at IIT Delhi

Subject: Reminder: HUSS Seminar Series, Feb. 16th

You are invited to attend a seminar in the Department of Humanities and
Social Sciences, Committee Room, on Tuesday February 16th, 2010 at 3:30

Speaker: Dr. Amita Baviskar

Title: Good to Eat, Good to Think: Changing Food Practices in
Contemporary India.

Abstract:  The multiple routes of Indian modernity can be traced through
shifts in the modes of producing and consuming food.  This talk attempts
to analyse some of these shifts through a selective discussion of
changing food practices in post-Independence western India.  It locates
these changes in the context of the political economy of agriculture since
the Green Revolution which brought about a profound
re-articulation between food producers and consumers.  The talk
delineates the widening circuits of food as a commodity form within the
home and outside, spanned by the growth of processed foods and the
practice of 'eating out'. It examines the multiple meanings of food for
different social groups by drawing upon ethnographic, archival and
literary sources.  It attempts to interpret western Indian food
practices within larger debates about globalization, culture and identity.

Dr. Amita Baviskar is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of
Economic Growth, Delhi.

Dr. Farhana Ibrahim
Assistant Professor
Sociology and Social Anthropology
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Hauz Khas
New Delhi 110 016



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