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Members of the Anthropology of Food Network

Aida Aaly Alymbaeva (Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany) – I am writing about identity politics and on ethnic minority-majority relations in Central Asia, and Kyrgyzstan particularly: how people refer to food to differentiate themselves from some groups or associate with others is one of the issues I am interested in. I have edited a collection of ethnographic essays on relations of food and identity in Central Asia. Another aspect of my writing is the way how Central Asian food has been reflected in Internet space in accordance with ideas of nations.

Imogen Bevan (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, UK) – My PhD research explores the social role of sweet foods and drinks for families in urban Scotland, from an anthropological perspective. I ask how sweet treats and sugary foods are consumed in practice, and the kinds of social bonding these foods enable between members of kin, neighbours, and colleagues.

Zofia Boni (Department of Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland; SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London, UK) – My research focuses on the political and moral economies of food. I am particularly interested in children’s food and the negotiations regarding feeding children, which include not only families or schools, but also state institutions, food industry and public opinion. Building on critical nutrition studies, I am currently conducting research on the social dynamics of childhood obesity in Poland.

You Kyung Byun (Free University of Berlin, Germany) – My research interests include Korean food entrepreneurship in Berlin, food and identity, staged authenticity, migration and work, urban ethnography.

Nadia Cipullo (Business Administration, Link Campus University, Rome, Italy) – I am interested in foodways valorisation for the sustainable growth of territories. My focus is on Territorial Units - Cities, Regions, Biodistricts, Hubs -, as they can play a fundamental role in the safeguard and promotion of this intangible heritage, through suitable processes of stakeholder engagement, data collection, valuation and reporting.

Carole Counihan (Millersville University, Millersville, USA) – My research centers on food, gender, and identity in Italy and among Latinas in the USA. My most recent project examines food activism in Cagliari, the capital of the island region of Sardinia, which will be published as Italian Food Activism in Urban Sardinia: Place, Taste, and Community (Bloomsbury 2019).

Mukta Das (SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London, UK). My main focus is on Asia and the kind of everyday communities of belonging that can be cooked up in the interaction of South Asian and East Asian food cultures. My doctoral fieldwork specifically focuses on the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. My food research interests are broad and varied. For instance I have also helped to produce a small collection of oral histories on British cheese and work with a Michelin starred chef on restaurant and menu concepts. I occasionally blog at https://muktadas.wordpress.com

Ricard Espelt (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Open University of Catalonia, Spain) – I am interested in the impact of Information and Communications Technology (ITC) in the agroecology of food consumption, especially in the cooperativism and the collaborative models, which take advantage of Social and Solidarity Economy (ESS) and digital commons.

Rebecca Feinberg (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA) – I am interested in how concepts of place, taste, and value transform as climate change and immigration remake landscapes and communities. My research is based in the wine producing regions of Northwest Italy and California, where I work closely with growers and vintners as they navigate global markets and collaborate with unruly plants.

Gisele Fonseca Chagas (Department of Anthropology /Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janerio, Brazil) – My research focuses on the ways in which Islamic religious knowledges are produced in Muslim communities in Brazil and Syria. I have recently begun researching food experiences among Syrian refugees in Brazil, and the manners they are constructing a new life by cooking and selling Arab food in Brazilian context.

Jérémie Forney (Anthropology Institute, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) – My work developed from a focus on family farmers and their adaptation to political and economic changes, in Switzerland and New Zealand, to a wider and comparative approach of the governance of agri-food systems, with a particular focus on environmental issues.

Katharina Graf (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London, UK) – My research interests pertain to the preparation of food, material and technological change, gender, urban space, food security, risk and uncertainty, and global food markets. My current regional interest is Morocco, and North Africa and the Middle East more generally.

Stephanie Ketterer Hobbis (Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University, the Netherlands) – My food-centric research is situated at the intersections of food, place and belonging with a particular interest in the politics of food-based encounters in post-conflict environments. I am also involved in debates that connect food studies with linguistic anthropology. My current regional focus is on Melanesia (Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea).

Renata E. Hryciuk (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, Poland) – My research interests include heritagization of native foodways, culinary tourism, new culinary elites, Oaxaca, Mexico, feminist perspective.

Gerelene Jagganath (School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa) – I am an anthropologist and have a diverse knowledge of social institutions and global social challenges. I am currently a lecturer and researcher with an interest in migration & diaspora studies, youth & substance abuse, food & nutrition in Africa. My knowledge from teaching and exposure to research as well as supervision of postgraduate students in the Social Sciences has equipped me with insight and experience in many areas of development.

Diana Mata-Codesal (OACU-Observatory of Anthropology of Urban Conflict, Barcelona, Spain) – I am interested in sensorial accounts, methods and analysis of migration and diversity, particularly in relation to food and food-practices. I published on sensoriality in migrancy and food in belonging-making processes. I recently published an edited book on “food remittances” from and to migrants, Food Parcels in International Migration. Intimate connections.

Elsa Mescoli (CEDEM - Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium) – I obtained my PhD with a thesis on the culinary practices of Moroccan women in Italy as means to define the self in a context of migration. My main research interests are: Food and migration, Material culture and subjectivation, Refugee studies, Arts and migration.

Nefissa Naguib (Department of Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway) – My current project entitled "Letting go" examines the science of food crafting.

Filippo Oncini (University of Trento, Department of Sociology and Social Research, Italy) – My research interests lie in the fields of consumption and health sociology, with attention to social inequalities and food using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Giovanni Orlando (University of Turin, Italy) – I have done research and written on aspects of the Italian food economy, especially organic and fair trade foods, both in the north and south of the country. I am also interested in industrial democracy. My research has appeared in Food, Culture & Society, Focaal, and Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Celia Plender (University of Exeter, UK) – My PhD research focuses on the changing nature of retail food co-ops in Britain, and the ways in which they respond to political economic change. I analyse their political practices, social dynamics and visions of a better food system.

Inga Reimers (HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany) – I am engaged with ethnographic methodologies, sensuality, embodiment, rurality and digital practices. Currently I am researching settings of collective cooking and eating as commensal events with a focus on narratives of food as well as eating/cooking as social and embodied practices.

Elizabeth Saleh (Center for Arab and Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon) – I work in the fields of political and economic anthropology. In 2014, I obtained my PhD in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. My doctoral thesis is an ethnography of the Lebanese wine industry. In 2015, I commenced new fieldwork at a Beirut scrapyard where I explore the effects of state policies toward migration and waste management in relation to the prosperity of the scrap metal industry.

Mario Schmidt (Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany) – My research on food primarily deals with how culinary actors in Western Kenya successfully manage to transform parts into wholes. These actors include those who cook, those who serve and those who eat food.

Lois Stanford (New Mexico State University, USA) – My research has focused on traditional foodways, food conservation, and culinary tourism in rural Mexico. I also conducted applied research on food security and food justice in the US-Mexico borderlands. Since 2010, I have served as president of the board of directors for La Semilla Food Center, a 501c(3) non-profit that supports local foodsheds, youth education, community gardens, and food justice in border communities.

Francesca Vaghi (SOAS and Thomas Coram Research Unit (UCL), University of London, UK) – My current research, based in London, focuses on children's eating habits in childcare and at home. Drawing together anthropology of food, childhood studies, and medical anthropology, I am particularly interested in how children's food policy is linked more broadly to family intervention policy, as well as notions of personhood and citizenship.

Clelia Viecelli (University of Southampton, UK) – I am working on female winegrowers producing natural wines in two different regions of Italy; my research interests cover: nature/culture divide; sensorial ethnography; aesthetics of taste; practices and discourses on organic agriculture; local production and global consumption of natural wines.

Marta Villa (Teacher at Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy, and Researcher at Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland) – I study alpine food, identity and alpine rituals, relationship between food and mountain landscape. Now I'm studying the landscape of alpine valley and agricultural transformation through historical and anthropological methodology.

Marisa Wilson (Chancellor’s Fellow in Human Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK, and Research Associate in Human Geography at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago) – My research relates to the socialites of alternative food networks (e.g. in Cuba) and, more recently, political economic and cultural factors leading to dietary and food systems change. I seek to understand and explain everyday barriers and opportunities for more equitable, healthy and sustainable food systems, particularly (though not exclusively) in post-colonial contexts.

Maria Yotova (Ritsumeikan University, Japan) – My research on food and eating is based on fieldwork among dairy companies and consumer communities in Bulgaria and Japan. More specifically, I look at the material and technological aspects of yogurt consumption and production, and follow the development of public discourses surrounding national and local culinary traditions.