Trans-Atlantic Soul: The Evolution of Black American Foodways

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Trans-Atlantic Soul: The Evolution of Black American Foodways

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location

Zoom

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

Free

Details

Our foodways are an expression of our identity, a way of maintaining connections to our ancestors and our ancestral homelands and are therefore personal and communal, emotional and habitual. Thus, for Black people, a reimagination of soul food must attend to both the political and affective dimensions of Black identity. This lecture will explore the history and development of African American foodways and suggest new decolonized culinary and agricultural epistemologies from which anti-oppressive and justice oriented black foodways can develop. Given the structural racism within the US food system and the moral obligation among Black people to be in solidarity with each other, the lecture will conclude by asking: how might soul food be used to tell stories about whom they want to become and not only of who they once were?

The USD Food Studies Initiative seeks to engage students, faculty, and staff on urgent questions concerning food ethics and to spark an ethical and justice-oriented approach to food on campus. Areas of special interest that have already been identified include utilizing food as a vehicle to analyze and respond to racism, especially anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism; colonialism; food sovereignty; climate change; violence to animals; and the ways in which all these issues often intersect in the question of food justice.  

This event is open to the public

Post Contact

John Millspaugh
revjgm@gmail.com