Saturday, April 19, 2008


SAVE the DATE: Psyche Williams-Forson Friday, May 16th

Friday, May 16th

Critical Studies in Food and Culture Research Cluster
is organizing a public lecture and other events around the visit of
University of Maryland Professor

Psyche Williams-Forson

author of the award winning...

Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006

Public Lecture

3201 Hart Hall, UC Davis
Friday, May 16th
1:30 PM

Read more about Psyche Williams-Forson at

NYT Book Review
August 13, 2006
The Gospel Bird
Review by MATT LEE and TED LEE

Williams-Forson's book explores the ties between African-American food culture, entrepreneurship, travel and racism.

This event is made possible by the Davis Humanities Institute and co-sponsoring departments at UC Davis

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Giacomo Negro: No Barrique, No Berlusconi

UC Davis Graduate School of Management Faculty Seminar

No Barrique, No Berlusconi: Collective identity, contention, and authenticity in the making of Barolo and Babaresco wines.

Giacomo Negro, Senior Lecturer in Strategy, Durham University

April 30th, 10:30-noon,
Room 174
AOB IV, UC Davis

In this study we analyze how the diffusion of a production technology can be opposed over claims of authenticity, and how contention over authenticity unfolds through social movement processes of mobilization and counter-mobilization. We address this issue by examining how the rise of "modern" winemaking practices embodied authenticity as creativity, how the success of the modernists triggered a countermovement seeking to preserve "traditional" wine-making practices, and how the emergent "traditional" category was premised on authenticity as conformity to a genre. This countermovement succeeded in a situation in which market forces seemed destined to displace tradition with modernity.

Friday, April 04, 2008


JeeEun Song: Starbucks, Consumption and Globality

Starbucks, Consumption and Globality
JeeEun Song

DATE: April 18th
TIME: 2:00-3:30PM
LOCATION: Voorhies 228, UC Davis

Join Critical Studies in Food and Culture research cluster for a discussion of Starbucks, Consumption and Globality with UC Davis Cultural Studies Ph.D Candidate JeeEun Song. Song will explore the business models and the preferred consumption codes of Starbucks in Korea. This work-in-progress asks us to consider: “To a nation in economic crisis and to those with many of their friends, family and parents out of jobs, what could be more inspiring than a success story of a man who established an empire with one cup at a time?”

This conversation is drawn from Song’s dissertation
“Building an Empire One Cup at a Time: Cultural Meaning and Power of Starbucks Korea”
which explores the gendered meaning of coffee consumption practices in Korea and the complex meanings attached to circumscribed leisure environments for negotiating the advent of “globality” including the global nature of social relationships and interdependencies and the continuing contradictions of U.S.-Korea relations.

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