Professor, author and food-culture expert Psyche Williams-Forson will join the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men as part of their fall 2011 lecture series “Digesting Gender: The Politics of Food” on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Williams-Forson will speak on “When the ‘World on a Plate’ Visits Your Table: Culinary Conundrums of Gender, Nationality, Memory and Marriage,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
In her talk, Williams-Forson will discuss the various cultures and histories that have influenced American food culture, with particular attention to the influence on African-American cuisine. As part of her exploration, Williams-Forson will draw on her personal experience, detailing the meeting of African-American and African cultures and cuisines in her household as she works to negotiate culinary practices with her Ghanaian husband. The talk will also highlight the sociopolitical forces of gender, race and class that are tied to food and the culture of cuisine.
The following day, Oct. 20, Williams-Forson will join students for a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. in the Fisher Center located in Demarest 112.
Williams-Forson is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and an affiliate faculty member of the women’s studies and African American studies departments and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. She is an associate editor of Food and Foodways journal and author of the award-winning book “Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power.” She is the author of several articles and book chapters and the recipient of numerous fellowships including a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Winterthur Museum and Library.