This essay introduces a special issue on food stuffs—meaning both food's material components and the objects through which food is transacted and mediated. Through interdisciplinary dialogue and a range of case studies situated across time and space, it explores the theoretical possibilities and limitations that renewed attention to the materiality of food and embodied encounters can bring to the critical study of food and eating. In so doing, it works to illuminate the myriad ways that materiality and meaning intersect in the context of food.
Introducing a Special Issue on Food Stuffs: Materialities, Meanings, and Embodied Encounters
Emma-Jayne Abbots is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Her research centers on the visceral politics of food and drink and is broadly concerned with the (re)production of knowledge and the ecologies in which knowledge-making and creativity take place within the contexts of bodily health, postcapitalism, environmental sustainability, craft, and the heritage industry. These themes are explored in projects ethnographically focused on craft cider in Europe and food and migration in Ecuador.
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Emma-Jayne Abbots; Introducing a Special Issue on Food Stuffs: Materialities, Meanings, and Embodied Encounters. Gastronomica 1 August 2016; 16 (3): 1–4. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2016.16.3.1
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