Northwestern University

Fri 12:00 PM

The Taste of US Settler Colonialism in Hawaiʻi

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When: Friday, November 4, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jeff Cernucan   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


What happens to indigenous food cultures during times of ongoing colonial settlement? This presentation theorizes the material and affective registers of taste qualities - sweet, cold, sour, and tepid - as indexes of changing political power within the Hawaiian Kingdom throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, and argues that consideration of the palate is central to understanding what and how we eat in America today.

Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart is a postdoctoral fellow in indigenous studies. Her research is concerned with how food and print media frames territorial occupation in 19th century settler colonial contexts. Her dissertation research uses frozen water, or ice, to explore the politics of ingestion, representation, and materiality in settler colonial Hawai’i.

This is part of the Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium. Find it on Facebook.

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