RSVP to Gastropoetics of Asian/America: a Critical Food Studies Symposium
February 16-17, 2023 at East Duke Parlor, Duke University

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Program and Schedule available here

The Gastropeotics of Asian/America symposium is a two-day hybrid event that interrogates how forms of racial and gendered intimacies are mediated through food and eating cultures. Postcolonial feminist scholar Parama Roy theorized “gastropoetics” as an analytic for how food and eating map a sensorial experience of history, place, and colonial ordering alongside ways diasporic and migrant communities engage in their own sense-making.

This symposium turns to the visceral and mundane to ask: how does Asian/America make, break, and find itself through appetites and food storying? How do Asian/American and diasporic reflections on food, eating, and feeding illuminate the historical and contemporary formations of migration, war, hygienic form, and empire? What new or forgotten sensations might we uncover when engaging with Asian/American and diasporic food production and eating practices?


Thursday 5:20pm -Welcome remarks 5:30pm -"Intimate Eating: Food in Asian/ America" by Dr. Anita Mannur (talk) 6:30pm - Reception 

Friday 12pm- Opening remarks 12:10pm– “Dirty Dining? The Chinese Roast Duck Bill, Food, and Public Health in Asian America” by Dr. Mark Padoongpatt 1pm- Lunch 2pm – The Politics and Poetics of Kimjang: A workshop with Dr. Margaret Rhee 3:30pm –Roundtable discussion

Take home dinners provided!

Hosted by the Asian American and Diaspora Studies Program & convened by Dr. Athia N. Choudhury.

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