Ariela Zycherman: Shifting Recipes

Date(s) - 03/17/2014
12:00 am - 4:00 pm

UIC Institute for the Humanities

The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago presents The 2013-2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow Lecture: Ariela Zycherman, Food Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013-2014

“Shifting Recipes: Changing Environments and Maintenance of the Familiar in Lowland Bolivia”

UIC Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan, lower level Stevenson

Recent economic developments and environmental changes in the Bolivian Amazon have shifted how and what types of foods the Tsimané Indians, a historically forager-farmer population, have access to. Increasingly, the everyday diet includes less diversity in forest-based foods and more commodity goods. However, cooking techniques have remained similar over time, allowing new ingredients and ratios of ingredients to resemble more traditional dishes. In this paper I argue that cooking techniques are a vital characteristic for achieving food security in an increasingly food insecure population.

Ariela Zycherman is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Humanities focusing on food studies. She graduated from the PhD program in Applied Anthropology at Columbia University in 2013. Her research focuses broadly on cultural constructions related to food practices. More specifically she looks at the role food plays in the formulation of modernity, the production of livelihoods, environmental politics in the Amazon, and contemporary forms of identity in Latin America. She has conducted research in Bolivia, Argentina and Brooklyn, NY. Recently, her paper “Shocdye as World: localizing modernity among the Tsimané of Lowand Bolivia” won the Alex McIntosh paper award presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

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