Join us for this year's Sally Weaver Award presentation and guest lecture! Guest speaker, Dr. Shanti Morell-Hart (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University) will be presenting a lecture titled:
Ancient Foods and Gastronomic Heritage
How do studies of ancient foods and environments contribute to contemporary understandings of diet, cuisine, and environmental sustainability? I begin this talk with a discussion of ethnoecological relationships and foodways as seen through the perspective of archaeology—studies that have included research into food residues and human societies of the past and present. I present some of my own research in Mesoamerica, focusing on the role of paleoethnobotany in understanding human activities in the past, especially in narratives of societal collapse and resilience. I then tie the past to the present: how are culinary activities identified as “traditional” or “sustainable” by communities and government agencies, and to what purpose? What role does archaeology play in these formulations?
Shanti Morell-Hart is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University. Her research focuses on diverse ethnobotanical practices and transformations in ethnoecological dynamics over time. Her studies in Mesoamerica incorporate macrobotanical and microbotanical residues from ceramic vessels, stone implements, human teeth, and sediments. Her current book project is titled Gastronomic Heritage: Stakes in Antiquity.
Guest lecture is free to attend. Parking is available in H Visitor's lot. Cost: $5.00