Why history? Feeding the people

Thu 15 Apr 2021, 18:00 - 19:00

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Online event

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The British Academy on Zoom Webinar

Sharing insights from the past that help us to make sense of the present.

In her latest book, Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato, Rebecca Earle traces the history of the potato from the Andes to everywhere, revealing the ways in which our ideas about eating are entangled with the emergence of capitalism and why we have such an ambivalent relationship with government dietary guidelines. In this event, she will discuss how potatoes fit into modern history, and also touch on the relationship between food, power, colonialism, and cultural appropriation, and the connections between who we are and what we eat.

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Speaker: Professor Rebecca Earle FBA, Professor of History, University of Warwick

Chair: Farhana Haider, Journalist and Broadcaster, Presenter for the BBC World Service’s Witness History

Free, booking required

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