This issue of Gastronomica brings together new and exciting empirical material and conceptual contributions from elsewhere under the rubric of gastropolitics. By “elsewhere” I mean places, cases, palates, and languages not dominated by what can best be characterized as North Atlantic theoretical orientations (NATO). The latter are perspectives that have emerged from modern universities, built over the last century-and-a-half on both sides of the Atlantic, primarily in English, French, and German and secondarily in Italian and Spanish (see Santos 2018). This is not the first transregional, language-based cosmopolis in history: those built around Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, and Mandarin played similar roles in other regions during other eras (e.g., see Pollock 2006; Eaton 2019; Kia 2020). Today, North Atlantic languages and locations are the prime ecology of modern theorizations in the social sciences and the humanities. As a result, predictably, the field of food studies exhibits the...
Gastropolitics: Speaking in Tongues
Krishnendu Ray is associate professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. He is the author of The Ethnic Restaurateur (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and The Migrant’s Table (Temple University Press, 2004). He co-edited Curried Cultures (University of California Press, 2012). He was a faculty member and associate dean at the Culinary Institute of America (1996–2005).
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Krishnendu Ray; Gastropolitics: Speaking in Tongues. Gastronomica 1 August 2021; 21 (3): iv–viii. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2021.21.3.iv
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