History of Food

MET ML 622

History is part of a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to food studies. Our goals in reading history include understanding the ways in which the history of food has shaped our world today and examining ways in which contemporary questions and problems inform historical inquiries. Course readings address some of the ways in which food has influenced human history, particularly at crucial turning points -- for example, the rise of the first civilizations and the European discovery of the Americas. We will also study selected past events and societies through the lens of food and foodways. The topics chosen for the course are presented in thematic and geographic categories, rather than in strict chronological order. The themes are divided among three encompassing meta-themes: Technology & Nature, Mobility, and Culture & Cuisine. These meta-themes will help us to move from the details of our specific weekly topics to their meanings in relationship to larger forces in world history. Students will learn about historical methodology and apply it to their own research.

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
B1 McCann SHA 210 T 6:30 pm-9:15 pm Mts w/GRS HI880
Class Full

SPRG 2018 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
B1 McCann HIS 504 T 6:30 pm-9:15 pm Meets w/ GRS Hi
Mts w/GRS HI880

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