American Studies
American Studies

The World In American Studies Today Keynote: Anita Mannur, Miami University

Thu, March 30, 2017 | CLA 1.302B

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The World In American Studies Today Keynote: Anita Mannur, Miami University

In this talk, Dr.Mannur explores how the figure of the “enemy” is constructed in public culinary sites by examining social media, cook books and food trucks that are devoted to the dissemination of culinary knowledge. The spaces she examines are Michael Rakowitz’s performance art installation “Enemy Kitchen” and Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. In juxtaposing these sites and exploring the performative politics deployed within each
context, Dr. Mannur explores what it means to turn to the tactile, olfactory and consumptiveto reflect on questions of US diplomacy and foreign policy that have taken on particular forms of cultural xenophobia, directed at the Islamic
subject, in the wake of the war on terror and 9/11. By focusing in particular on the use of “radical hospitality,” Dr. Mannur asks how meals are staged as spaces to provide a counternarrative to xenophobia and the discourse of the
enemy combatant.

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