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240521 SE In memoriam Sidney Mintz (*1922-†2015): Anthropology of Food (P4) (2016W)

From the Beginnings to Current Debates

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ACHTUNG: geänderte Termine!

Thursday 24.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 15.12. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 11.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 19.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 26.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 27.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course introduces anthropological theory and practice about food (and consumption). Students will be enabled to identify and analyse research areas of food anthropology by studying anthropological texts and doing brief fieldwork. Processes of appreciation and devaluation of food practices are shown as an integral part of emphasizing differences and the common consciousness of belonging in societies. The importance of food (and materiality) will become unveiled on different social levels and ranks. The importance of Sidney Mintz as one of the founders of food anthropology will be taken into special account.

The methodology of the course includes:

+ short input sequences

+ presentation of documentations and videos

+ discussion of anthropological texts, text & film analysis

+ topical working groups with particular assignments (e.g. fieldwork, interviews, text/material analysis)

+ all steps supported by blended learning (Moodle)

Assessment and permitted materials

+ adequate attandance
+ individual quality of participation
+ written term paper (to be handed in until 31st of march 2017 latest)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading criteria:

+ adequate course participation (attendance) (20%)

+ quality of course participation (30%)

+ qualitiy of term paper (50%)

Examination topics

Reading list

Mintz, Sidney W. (2002) The Anthropology of Food and Eating. In: Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol.31, pp.99-119.
Mintz, Sidney W. (1985) Sweetness and Power: the Place of Sugar in Modern History. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.

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