Food studies focuses on human relationships to food. Interdisciplinary humanities-driven work is therefore vital to understanding what food means to various groups and how its preparation can be ritualized; how food is represented and understood in changing cultural configurations and social exchanges; and social and ideological struggles around the meanings, control over and access to food. By focusing primarily on food cultures and politics in South Africa, this project seeks to strengthen analysis of food, society and culture in the global South and the global North. Recognizing that current globalization requires this transnational attention, the Project is committed to creating and strengthening a research community across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.
As an integrated platform for this Project, the website includes the following: