UIC Institute for the Humanities


New Research in Food Studies
2013-2014 Chicago Area Food Studies Working Group
Fall 2013 programs 

The UIC Institute for the Humanities is proud to host a special series, “New Research in Food Studies.”  Food Studies is rapidly becoming an important field of research in the humanities. Inherently interdisciplinary, food studies addresses a range of issues including the history, culture, politics, of food as well as questions of environment, agriculture, globalization and social justice.   

This fall the Institute for the Humanities will bring three young scholars to campus to highlight new and creative work being done in the field of food studies.

"Challenging the Scarcity Slot: Building Alternate Archives of Food Security in West Africa"  Add To Calendar

Amanda Logan, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
  • Date(s): Thursday, 10/31 3:00 PM to Thursday, 10/31 5:00 PM
  • Campus Address: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Address: 701 South Morgan Street
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email: huminst@uic.edu
  • Website: http://huminst.las.uic.edu
  • Phone: 312-996-6354
"Challenging the Scarcity Slot: Building Alternate Archives of Food Security in West Africa" by Amanda Logan, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

African foodways are often portrayed as unchanging traditions plagued by chronic food insecurity and forever subject to the vagaries of environmental change. These assumptions are based mostly on the present day and obscure our ability to determine why and under what conditions these problems arose. Using archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data, I trace continuity and change in foodways and the late emergence of food insecurity in Banda, Ghana. Through building these alternate archives we can critically evaluate some truisms about African food and agriculture, and begin to understand food change in non-literate societies, who are arguably the most affected by food insecurity today.


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