AAA Webinar: Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
Discussion of the forthcoming SAFN sponsored volume Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition
Food is an everyday need for all humans, and all human cultures create social structures that allow for the production, processing and consumption of food. Food penetrates every area of anthropological research because it constitutes a core arena of human economic and social functioning. While studies of food use and nutrition are central to biological /nutritional anthropology, all four fields engage with food or nutrition at some point during research and food use is a common theme in applied studies. This volume is the first comprehensive methods manual for food and nutrition research in anthropology, covering all four fields as well as food studies, applied anthropology, use of technology and research design. Over fifty contributors have provided in-depth discussions of methods, design and case studies, with an emphasis on how to ‘think through’ particular research problems and needs. Because each chapter describes applicable methods and how to use them, the volume is appropriate for methods courses across the spectrum of anthropology, and is designed to be a ‘go-to’ manual for research design and methodology in food research in general. In this webinar the editors, Janet Chrzan and John Brett, will discuss the philosophy behind the construction of the volume and how it is intended to be used by students, faculty and researchers. They will be joined by several of the scholars who wrote the introductions and methods histories for the sub-discipline sections, who will describe how the various sections can be used in classrooms and in the field.
- This talk will discuss the soon-to-be-published methods manual on food and nutrition research
- The volume is explicitly four-field in focus with additional sections covering applied anthropology of food and nutrition, food studies, the use of technology, and ethics and research design.
- The volume covers the most up-to-date methods for food research and includes discussion of historical methods as well as authors’ case studies of research design and implementation.
- The volume is designed to be used by faculty and students within the classroom and for the design of research projects.
- The structure and topics covered make the volume suitable for all branches of anthropology as a research methods primer and also will be useful to food scholars in other fields.
- The multi-volume format will make the various pieces available to a much wider audience.
Janet Chrzan, PhD is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her nutritional anthropology research explores the connections between social activities, nutritional intakes, and mother and child health outcomes in pregnant teens. As a medical anthropologist she explores alcohol use in college students, and is particularly interested in how alcohol intake informs self–identity in college age women. And as an advocate of public anthropology she has directed the development and implementation of a number of food education programs designed to encourage intake of vegetables and fruits in children and adults. She received her Ph.D. in Physical/Nutritional Anthropology from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of Alcohol: Social Drinking in Cultural Context (Routledge).
John Brett, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver. His research is focused on sustainable livelihoods and microfinance in Bolivia, dietary decision-making, and urban food systems and sustainability. A recent project examined the relationship between food security, access to health resources and participation in microfinance programs, funded by the Fulbright Scholars program and in collaboration with CRECER and Freedom from Hunger with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has done research on medicinal plant use in Chiapas, Mexico, conducted a number of large scale evaluation projects on HIV education programs in the US, Native American history in relation to Rocky Mountain National Park, and a multi-year ethnographic study on the factors that influence diet and physical activity patterns in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. His current research examines the host of food system “alternatives” emerging in urban areas and how they might, or might not create a more sustainable and alternative food system. He received his PhD in the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California San Francisco and UC Berkeley.
This event will take place October 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM Eastern. Registration is required, so don’t forget to do so beforehand. The password is “anthro”
Bring your questions and your curiosity!