May 28, at 3.00 p.m. CEST, online (email email@example.com to receive link)
A seminar with L. Sasha Gora, Post-doc Fellow at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change
Happy as a Clam: Clichés, Climate, and Cuisine
Eating is one of the most direct ways humans interact with environments by literally digesting them. Food history, thus, reveals how everyday eating practices not only reproduce cultural imaginations of landscapes but also shape actual environments. Narrowing in on seafood, this seminar asks: how do human appetites transform, harm, but also perhaps heal watery worlds? It aims to serve examples of the kinds of stories that food can tell. Spotlighting both Venice and Venice-in-the-world, it assembles a cast of fish and shellfish to consider the relationship between food and place, between ritual and cliché, and between cuisine and climate.
Sasha Gora is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art. She received a PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Rachel Carson Center on the subject of Indigenous restaurants in Canada. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, she was a Lecturer at LMU’s Amerika-Institut and spent spring 2019 as a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley.
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This event is part of the Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series – V