Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Fall 2016 MALAS Seminar! Politics, Food, and Latin America with Professor Ramona Pérez

Politics, Food, and Latin America
Professor Ramona Pérez, Director
Center for Latin American Studies, SDSU

The study of food and its relationship to culture, human and environmental sustainability, economic strategies, access and distribution, and human rights has become an integral part of research, public policy, and health. In this seminar we will explore the connections between what we eat and how individual identities are created via the production, preparation, distribution, and consumption of food; how shifts in the environment, public policy, and economics contribute to food (in)security; the impact that migration/displacement has on food, nutrition, and consumption; and how to research issues related to food and nutrition. This seminar aims to provide you with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and critically evaluate food systems at both local and global levels. We will explore the history of particular foods that have moved from the Americas to other parts of the world; the formation of cuisines that mark identity; food as status symbol and marker of class; and the way in which food is conveyed from one generation to the next. Underlying this multidisciplinary, comparative approach is a primary focus on how food equates to power.

Schedule # 22112
1600-1840 T AH-3130

Ramona L. Pérez, Ph.D.
Professor, Anthropology
Director, Center for Latin American Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6022

New Fall MALAS Fall 2016 Seminar! MALAS-600A A SHORT HISTORY OF EVIL w/ Professor DREW THOMASES

RS 580/MALAS 600 A Short History of Evil

This course explores “evil,” both its meaning, and how the language of evil has been used by diverse religious communities. We will address a wide range of subject matter, including but not limited to portrayals of Satan and hell, Buddhist and Hindu conceptions of demons, literature on the Holocaust, and contemporary conversations about war, terrorism, and torture. Ultimately, the goal is not simply to identify instances of evil, but instead to see how different people use the word and concept of “evil” in order to articulate complex feelings of loss, fear, and alienation. The course combines scholarly material with literature, art, and film, the idea being that all types of media inform the way we perceive and understand evil in our world.

MALAS-600A  01
3 Units / Seminar
1600-1840 Mondays

New MALAS Fall 2016 Seminars!!! HUM 596/MALAS 600D Trauma in the Pop Cultural Imagination

HUM 596/MALAS 600D
Trauma in the Pop Cultural Imagination
Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:40pm, AL 102
Dr Raechel Dumas

Visions of trauma saturate global popular culture, ranging from re-imaginings of real-world historical events to fantasies of apocalypse. This course explores one of pop culture’s most enduring themes through the study of literature, comics, and cinema produced from the 1980s through the present day. Students in this course will examine how cultural artifacts produced by different creators and at different moments in contemporary global history engage with both traumatic memory and the anticipation of traumatic return. They will also explore a variety of theoretical approaches to the study of trauma, as well as engaging with important global political developments and cultural phenomena of the contemporary period.

MALAS-600A 02
Schedule Number 22110
3 units / Seminar
1600-1840 Tuesdays