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Email[email protected]

Classroom hours: MWF 10am-10:50am, CB106A

Office Hours: By appointment


This course will cover:

  1. An introduction to social and cultural anthropology. We will be discussing the central topics and themes of anthropological inquiry and what it means to “think like an anthropologist.”
  2. The central debates of the discipline. This will include the competing theoretical and methodological perspectives in the discipline.
  3. Applied anthropology. We will be discussing how anthropological knowledge and perspectives can contribute to a wide array of vocational and everyday life applications.


Students will learn how to:

  1. Use holistic anthropological insights in understanding complex world problems.
  2. Use anthropological methods, such as ethnography, to address practical problems.
  3. Develop critical reasoning skills through reading, writing, and groups discussions.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Information” tab_id=”1527562520475-cdf187fb-99b7″][vc_column_text]Required Text (2 books)

  • Pérez, E. (2016). Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions. New York: NYU Press.
  • Boylston, T. (2018). The Stranger at the Feast: Prohibition and Mediation in an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Coursework Standards

Please visit UVU’s Academic Policies & Standards, that explains that one credit hour equals “one hour of lecture, plus a minimum of two hours of personal work outside of class.” This is a three-credit course, so you should be spending between 6 and 9 hours on coursework outside of the lecture, per week. Some weeks it will be on the high end of those 9 hours, and on others, it will be on the low end of those 6 hours.

Seminar Readings

Each seminar will have required readings or videos marketed with bullet points. Besides the required text (see above), all other readings will be provided through Canvas. Readings or videos preceded with a “suggested” title are make available only if students are interested in pursuing the subject further on their own. The lectures may draw from suggested readings, but students will not be tested on the material only given in the suggested readings.

Note Taking

The use of laptops, tablets, and smartphones is strictly prohibited in seminars. If a TA finds you using either device outside of the first and last 5 minutes of class, you will automatically lose all points for that week’s scores. Exceptions will only be granted to students who get permissions for accommodations from The University Accessibility Center. Many studies. have found that allowing laptops, tablets, or smartphones in a classroom drastically effects the learning environment of all students, not just the ones using the technology. Content comprehension and memory retention are also drastically improved if you use a pen or pencil and a simple pad of paper to take notes on during class seminars. You will be tested on the content discussed in the following videos.

Assignment Instructions

More thorough instructions concerning assignments will be given in class. If you have questions about an assignment, please ask for clarifications during class. You will need to attend the course lectures if you want thorough instructions for each assignment.


Please email me directly at [email protected]. When composing emails follow the instructions from this useful guide. If you do not follow those instructions, I will not respond to your emails. During weekdays, I will make my best effort to respond to emails. However, awaiting my response is never an excuse for not completing assignments described in the syllabus. When in doubt, check the syllabus.

Accessibility and Academic Accommodations

If you have a disability and require accommodations in this class, please see me as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, please contact the Accessibility Services Department MS 190 at 801-863-8747 or [email protected] to request accommodations and provide appropriate documentation. Requests for appointments must be made a week in advance. Students who believe they have been denied program access or otherwise discriminated against because of a disability are encouraged to initiate a grievance by contacting the Accessibility Services Director, Pola Morrison at 801-863-8747. Please consult https://www.uvu.edu/asd/. for more information on services and scheduling appointments.

Point Distribution and Late Assignments

Below is a breakdown of the points available in the course. Late assignments will be accepted, but the grade will be automatically reduced by a whole letter grade per week after the due date.

Friendship Bread (10 points)

Food and Memory (100 points total)

  • Your “Proustian moment” (30 points).
  • Tasting food and memory (40 points).
  • Valuing food (30 points).

Seminar Responses (450 points):

Nearly every seminar between January 10th and April 6th will be covering readings that can be reviewed by that evening (due at midnight). Each seminar response should be at least 400 words. You may miss a total of four of these assignments without it affecting your grade. There is also an option to make up points through extra credit. You can earn a total of 60 points through extra credit.

  • Jan. 10th (20 points).
  • Jan. 12th (20 points).
  • Jan. 17th (15 points).
  • Jan. 19th (15 points).
  • Jan. 22nd (15 points).
  • Jan. 24th (15 points).
  • Jan. 26th (15 points).
  • Feb. 5th (15 points).
  • Feb. 7th (15 points).
  • Feb. 9th (15 points).
  • Feb. 12th (20 points).
  • Feb. 14th (15 points).
  • Feb. 16th (20 points).
  • Feb. 21st (20 points).
  • Feb. 23rd (20 points).
  • Feb. 26th (20+5 points).
  • Feb. 28th (20+5 points).
  • Mar. 2nd (20+5 points).
  • Mar. 5th (20 points).
  • Mar. 7th (20 points).
  • Mar. 9th (15 points).
  • Mar. 14th (20 points).
  • Mar. 16th (15 points).
  • Mar. 28th (15 points).
  • Mar. 30th (15 points).

Ethnographic Essay Assignments (140 points):

  • Yukaghir Hunting (70 points).
  • Zuni Breadstuffs (70 points).

Ethnography Book Reviews (200 points):

  • Religion in the Kitchen (100 points).
  • The Stranger at the Feast (100 points).

Film Review (120 points):

  • Film Review, Tampopo (60 points).
  • Film Review, Babette’s Feast (60 points).

Extra Credit (120 points possible):

  • The Butcher and Nature/Culture (15 points).
  • Fasting and Dieting (20 points).
  • Hospitality (in the Hebrew Bible, for Example) (15 points).
  • Strangers, Gods, and Hospitality (15 points).
  • Entheogens (20 points).
  • Mormon Psychedelics and “The Higher Powers” (20 points).
  • Vinification and Taste (15 points).


The grade scale is the following– A: 930-1020; A-: 900-929; B+: 870-899; B: 830-869; B-: 800-829; C+: 770-799; C: 730-769; C-: 700-729; D+: 670-699; D: 630-669; and D-: 600-629.

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WEEK 1- The anthropology of food                     

January 8 (M)- Seminar: Introduction

  • Knowlton, D. (2013, Sept. 16). “Eating and Sharing Makes the Cosmos Work.” In CuscoEats.
  • Start your “Friendship Bread.”

January 10 (W)- Seminar: Foodways (20 points)

  • Welsch, R.L. and L.A. Vivanco. (2018). “Foodways: Finding, Making, and Eating Food.” In Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity, 2nd Pp. 137-163. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hill, J. (2017). A Linguist Walks into a Mexican Restaurant. Edible Baja Arizona 25(Jul/Aug): 154.

January 12 (F)- Seminar: Morality and Food (20 points)

  • Vogt, K.M. (2018). “Who You Are Is What You Eat: Food in Ancient Thought.” In Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, eds. A. Barnill, et al., Pp. 741-758. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Jurafsky, D. (2014). “Potato Chips and the Nature of the Self,” In The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, Pp. 107-116. New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Freeman, A. (2017, Aug. 30). Milk, a symbol of neo-Nazi hate. The Conversation.

WEEK 2- What makes us human

January 15 (M)- No Class, Holiday

January 17 (W)- Seminar: Fire and Belonging (15 points)

  • Watch: Bird, D. (2012, Jul. 11). “Fire Hunting in Australia.” Stanford.
  • Selections from Opie, F.D. (2015). Zora Neale Hurston on Florida food: recipes, remedies and simple pleasures. Charleston: American Palate.
  • Respond to the in-class video about Martu fire foraging and Southern United States’ BBQ.

January 19 (F)- Seminar: Social Action and Identity (15 points)

  • Haudricourt, AG. (1969 [1962]). Domestication of animals, cultivation of plants and human relations. Social Science Information 8(3): 163-172.
  • Ferret, C. (2012). Toward an Anthropology of Action: André-Georges Haudricourt and Technical Efficiency. L’Homme (No. 202): 113-139.
  • Stanish, C. (2018, Jul. 3). Feasting rituals – and the cooperation they require – are a crucial step toward human civilization. The Conversation.

WEEK 3- The culinary triangle

January 22 (M)- Seminar: The Culinary Triangle (15 points)

  • Lévi-Strauss, C. (1966). The Culinary Triangle. Partisan Review33(4): 586-595.
  • Lévi-Strauss, C. (1978 [1968]). The Origin of Table Manners, Trans. J. Weightman and D. Weightman, Pp. 25-53, 161-169, 436-508. New York: Harper & Row.

January 24 (W)- Seminar: Meat, Fruit, Sex (15 points)

  • Arcand, B. (1978). “Making Love is Like Eating Honey or Sweet Fruit, it Causes Cavities: an essay on Cuiva symbolism.” In The Yearbook of Symbolic Anthropology, ed. E. Schwimmer, Pp. 1-10. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Leach, E. (1994 [1974]). “Oysters, Smoked Salmon and Stilton Cheese.” In Lévi-Strauss, 4th, ed. J. Laidlaw. Pp. 30-46. London: Fontana Press.

January 26 (F)- Seminar: Gender Metaphors (15 points) 

  • Rosaldo, M.Z. (1972). Metaphors and Folk Classification. Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 28(1): 83-99.
  • Rosaldo, M.Z. and J.M. Atkinson. (1975). “Man the Hunter and Woman: Metaphors for the Sexes in Ilongot Magical Spells.” In The Interpretation of Symbolism, ed. R. Willis, Pp. 43-75. London: Malaby Press.

WEEK 4- Hunting and animism

January 29 (M)- SeminarYukaghir Hunting

  • Seminar on Yukaghir hunting, shamanism, and gender symbolism. The “Yukaghir Hunting” Assignment is due on Feb. 9th at 10am.

January 31 (W)- NO SEMINAR
February 2 (F)- NO SEMINAR

WEEK 5- Sacrifice and taboo

February 5 (M)- Seminar: Hunting and Sacrifice (15 points)

  • Valeri, V. (1994). Wild Victims: Hunting as Sacrifice and Sacrifice as Hunting in Huaulu. History of Religions 34(2): 101-131.
  • Campbell, J. (1988). “Circumpolar Cults of the Master Bear.” In Historical Atlas of World Mythology, Vol. I: The Way of the Animal Powers (Part II: Mythologies of the Great Hunt), Pp. 147-155. Cambridge: Perennial.

February 7 (W)- Seminar: Taboo (15 points)

  • Douglas, M. (1966). “The Abominations of Leviticus.” In Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, Pp. 41-57. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Douglas, M. (1996 [1970]). “The Bog Irish.” In Natural Symbols: Explorations in Cosmology, Pp. 37-53. London: Routledge.

February 9 (F)- Seminar: Sacrifice and Divinity in Ancient Hawai’i (20 points)

  • Valeri, V. (1985). “The Elements of Sacrifice,” In Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society in Ancient Hawaii, Trans. P. Wissing, Pp. 37-38, 42-52, 56-59, 70-75, 81-83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

WEEK 6- Cannibalism, real and fantastic

February 12 (M)- Seminar: Cannibalism (20 points)

  • Sahlins, M. (1983). “Raw Women, Cooked Men, and Other ‘Great Things’ of the Fiji Islands.” In The Ethnography of Cannibalism, eds., P. Brown and D. Tuzin, Pp. 72-93. Washington, D.C.: Society for Psychological Anthropology.

February 14 (W)- Seminar: Cannibalism and Fantasy (15 points)

  • Obeyesekere, G. (2005). “Chapter 6: Cannibal Feasts in Nineteenth-Century Fiji: Seamen’s Yarns and the Ethnographic Imagination.” In Cannibal Talk: The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas, Pp. 151-192. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Sahlins, M. (2003). Artificially maintained controversies: Global warming and Fijian cannibalism. Anthropology Today19(3): 3-5. [Read the attached comments and responses]

February 16 (F)- Seminar: Consumption in the Massim (20 points)

  • Selections from Munn, N. (1986). The Fame of Gawa: A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in the Massim, Pp. 30-32, 49-54, 74-104, 215-216, 220-228, 239-240. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

WEEK 7- Commensality

February 19 (M)- Washington & Lincoln Day Holiday [NO SEMINAR] 

February 21 (W)- Seminar: Food Sharing (20 points)

  • Bird, D.W. and R.B. Bird. (2010). “Competing to be leaderless: food sharing and magnanimity among Martu Aborigines.”  In The Evolution Of Leadership: Transitions In Decision Making From Small-Scale To Middle-Range Societies, eds., J. Kanter, et al., Pp. 21-49. Santa Fe: SAR Press.
  • Wiessner, P. (2002). Hunting, healing, and hxaro exchange: A long-term perspective on !Kung (Ju/’hoansi) large-game hunting. Evolution and Human Behavior 23(6): 407-436.

February 23 (F)- Seminar: Feasting, Festivity, and Life (20 points)

  • Nahum-Claudel, C. (2016). “Feasting.” The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology.
  • Stasch, R. (2016). “The iconicity and indexicality of ‘life’ in Korowai sago grub feasts.” In Des êtres vivants et des artefacts: L’imbrication des processus vitaux et des processus techniques, ed. P. Pitrou. Musée du quai Branly en partenariat avec le Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, la Pépinière interdisciplinaire CNRS-PSL.

WEEK 8- Feasting and social structure

February 26 (M)- Seminar: Polynesian Feasting (20 points, +5)

  • Read: Kirch, P.V. (2001). “Polynesian Feasting in Ethnohistoric, Ethnographic, and Archaeological Contexts: A Comparison of Three Societies.” In Feasts: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on Food, Politics, and Power, eds. M. Dietler and B. Hayden, Pp. 168-184. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute Press.

February 28 (W)- Seminar: Feast of Merit (20 points, +5)

  • Selections from Leach, E. (1967 [1954]). Political Systems of Highland Burma. New York: Beacon Press.

March 2 (F)- Seminar: The Potlatch (20 points, +5 for each additional reading)

  • Selections from Walens, S. (1981). Feasting with Cannibals: An Essay on Kwakiutl Cosmology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

WEEK 9- Kinship through food

March 5 (M)- Seminar: Hospitality and Hostility (20 points)

  • Pitt-Rivers, J. (1977). “The law of hospitality.” In The Fate of Shechem, or the Politics of Sex: Essays in the Anthropology of the Mediterranean, Pp. 94-112. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mauss, M. (Forthcoming [1921]). An ancient form of contract among the Thracians, Trans. J. Haug.

March 7 (W)- Seminar: Thai and Japanese Rice (20 points)

  • Hanks, J.R. (1960). “Reflections on the Ontology of Rice.” In Culture in History: Essays in Honor of Paul Radin, ed. S. Diamond, Pp. 298-301. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Ohnuki-Tierney, E. (1993). “Rice in Cosmogony and Cosmology.” In Rice as Self: Japanese Identities Through Time, Pp. 44-62. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

March 9 (F)- Seminar: The Hearth and Kinship (15 points)

  • Carsten, J. (1995). The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi. American Ethnologist 22(2): 223-241.
  • Sahlins, M. (2013). What Kinship Is…And Is Not, Pp. 5-6, 8-9, 29, 51-52, 67-68, 78-79. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

WEEK 10- Recipes and community

March 12 (M)- Seminar: Zuni Breadstuff

  • Seminar on Zuni Breadstuffs. The “Zuni Breadstuffs Assignment” is due on March 14th at 10am. 

March 14 (W)- Seminar: Andean Bread Babies (20 points)

  • Corr, R. (2002). Reciprocity, Communion, and Sacrifice: Food in Andean Ritual and Social Life. Food and Foodways 10(1/2): 1-25.
  • Knowlton, D. (2016, Oct. 28). The Meaning of Bread Babies in Cusco. Cuzco Eats.
  • Knowlton, D. (2013, Nov. 2). Pan Wawas (Bread Babies) Are Surprisingly Complex (Part I of II). Cuzco Eats.
  • Knowlton, D. (2013, Nov. 4). Eating and Baptizing Pan Wawas and More (Part II of II). Cuzco Eats.

March 16 (F)- Seminar: Mormon Foodways (15 points)

  • Holbrook, K. (2012). Religion in a Recipe. Journal of Mormon History 38(2): 139-143.
  • Murphy, T.W. (1997). Guatemalan Hot/Cold Medicine and Mormon Words of Wisdom: Intercultural Negotiation of Meaning. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 36(2): 297-308.
  • Frost, N. (2018, Jan. 18). Why Brigham Young University Had a Secret Cola Vending Machine: The complex relationship between Mormons and caffeinated soda. AtlasObscura.

WEEK 11- Holiday Break [no seminars]

WEEK 12- Aesthetics

March 26 (M)- Seminar: Rāmen 

  • Fukutomi, S. (2014). Bottom-up Food: Making Rāmen a Gourmet Food in Tokyo. Food and Foodways 22(1/2): 65-89.

“Film Review Assignment” due on April 2nd at 10am. 

March 28 (W)- Seminar: Gender and Food in Japan (15 points)

  • Allison, A. (1991). Japanese Mothers and Obentōs: The Lunch Box as Ideological State Apparatus. Anthropological Quarterly 64(4): 195-208.
  • Watch: “These Bento Boxes Are Too Cute to Eat (Almost). Great Big Story.


  • Tierney, R.K. (2016). Consuming Sumo Wrestlers: Taste, Commensality, and Authenticity in Japanese Food. Food, Culture & Society 19: 637-653.
  • Watch: “The 10,000 Calorie Sumo Wrestler Diet.” Munchies.

March 30 (F)- Seminar: Religion in the Kitchen (15 points)

  • Start reading: Pérez, E. (2016). Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions. New York: NYU Press.
  • Mann, A., et al. (2011). Mixing Methods, Tasting Fingers: Notes on an Ethnographic Experiment. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 1(1): 221-243.

WEEK 13- THe Lucumi kitchen

April 2 (M)- Seminar: Religion in the Kitchen

  • Continue reading: Religion in the Kitchen.

April 4 (W)- Seminar: Religion in the Kitchen

  • Continue reading: Religion in the Kitchen. 

April 6 (F)- Seminar: Religion in the Kitchen

  • Continue reading: Religion in the Kitchen.

WEEK 14- Religion and the kitchen

April 9 (M)- Seminar: Religion in the Kitchen

  • Continue reading: Religion in the Kitchen.

April 11 (W)- Seminar: Religion in the Kitchen

  • Finish reading: Religion in the Kitchen.

April 13 (F)- Seminar: Strangers at the Feast

  • Start reading: Boylston, T. (2018). The Stranger at the Feast: Prohibition and Mediation in an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.

WEEK 15- The stranger at the feast

April 16 (M)- Seminar: The Stranger at the Feast

  • Continue reading: The Stranger at the Feast.

April 18 (W)- Seminar: The Stranger at the Feast

  • Continue reading: The Stranger at the Feast. 

April 20 (F)- Seminar: The Stranger at the Feast

  • Continue reading: The Stranger at the Feast.

Week 16- Feasting and fasting in Ethiopian Orthodoxy 

April 23 (M)- Seminar: The Stranger at the Feasting

  • Continue reading: The Stranger at the Feast. Berkeley: University of California Press.

April 25 (W)- Seminar: The Stranger at the Feast

  • Finish reading: The Stranger at the Feast.
  • Isaac, E. (1998). “The Significance of Food in Hebraic-African Thought and the Role of Fasting in the Ethiopian Church.” In Asceticism, eds. V.L. Wimbush and R. Valantasis, Pp. 329-342. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Assignments” tab_id=”1527563746157-5a92289f-c60c”][vc_column_text]Friendship Bread (10 points):

Read and follow the instructions in Hartke, K. (2017, Dec. 31). “The Friendship Bread Project: Can Baking Promote Unity in a Divided World?” The Salt, National Public Radio. Tell us who you shared your “friendship bread” with and why.

Food and Memory (100 points total)

Share with the class a food that you have a strong memory of. Please provide samples for each student. Please provide alternatives for people with dietary restrictions. Please use the sign-up calendar.

  • Your “Proustian moment.” (30 points). Read selections from Proust, M. 2004 [1913]. Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1, Trans. L. Davis. New York: Penguin Classics.
  • Tasting food and memory (40 points). Read: Sutton, D. (2010). Food and the Senses. Annual Review of Anthropology 39: 209-239.
  • Valuing food (30 points). Read: Heuts, F. and A. Mol. 2013. What Is a Good Tomato? A Case of Valuing in Practice. Valuation Studies 2(1): 2013: 125–146.

Seminar Responses (590 points):

Nearly every seminar between January 10th and April 6th will be covering readings that can be reviewed by that evening (due at midnight). Each seminar response should be at least 400 words. You may miss a total of four of these assignments without it affecting your grade. There is also an option to make up points through extra credit. You can earn a total of 60 points through extra credit.

Ethnographic Essay Assignments (140 points):

  • Yukaghir Hunting (70 points). This essay is an experiment in ethnographic data analysis. Just try to make sense of what you’re reading. What are the cultural logics behind Yukaghir foodways and symbolism? This essay is due on February 9th at 10am. It should be between 900-1000 words.

Read selections from Jochelson, W. (1926). Memoir of the American Museum of Natural History, Vo. IX: The Yukaghir and the Yukaghirized Tungus, ed. F. Boas. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Suggested: Willerslev, R. (2012, July). Laughing at the Spirits in North Siberia: Is Animism Being Taken too Seriously? e-flux36.

  • Zuni Breadstuffs (70 points). This is a similar experiment in ethnographic data analysis. It’s a little easier to digest than the Yukaghirmaterial, but there’s still a lot of really interesting stuff about morality, community, and baking. What is the relationship between Zuni myth, corn, and bread making? This essay is due March 14th at 10am. It should be between 900-1000 words.

Read selections from Cushing, F.H. (1884-1885). “Zuni Breadstuff.” The Millstone[Selections].

Ethnography Book Reviews (200 points):

  • Religion in the Kitchen (100 points).
  • The Stranger at the Feast (100 points). A book review of Tom Boylston’s The Stranger at the Feast. I strongly suggest you attend our discussions about the book from April 9th to April 20th. This book review is due on the final date. It should be at least 2,000 words.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Film Reviews” tab_id=”1527563580932-f528d8bd-5dbf”][vc_column_text]Film Review (80 points):

  • Film Review (Tampopo) (40 points).

Watch and review Jūzō Itami’s 1985 film, Tampopo. This review should focus on the aesthetics of food and food obsessions. This review is due April 2nd at 10am. It should be at least 800 words.

  • Film Review (Babette’s Feast) (40 points).

Watch and review Gabriel Axel’s 1987 film Babette’s Feast. This review should focus on the role of religion, commensality, and the sensuality of food preparation. This review is due April 15th at 10am. It should be at least 800 words.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Extra Credit” tab_id=”1527563682287-33a15de8-00cf”][vc_column_text]The Butcher and Nature/Culture (15 points)

  • Sahlins, M. (1976). “Food Preference and Tabu in American Domestic Animals.” In Culture and Practical Reason, Pp. 170-179. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Yates-Doerr, E. and A. Mol. (2012). Cuts of Meat: Disentangling Western Natures-Cultures. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology30(2): 48-64.

Fasting and Dieting (20 points)

  • Selections from Griffith, R.M. (2004). Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Mol, A. (2012). Mind your plate! The ontonorms of Dutch dieting. Social Studies of Science 43(3): 379-396.

Hospitality (in the Hebrew Bible, for Example) (15 points)

  • Matthews, V.H. (1991). Hospitality and Hostility in Judges 4. Biblical Theology Bulletin 21(1): 13-21.
  • Matthews, V.H. (1992). Hospitality and Hostility in Genesis 19 and Judges 19. Biblical Theology Bulletin 22(1): 3-11.
  • Derrida, J. (2000). Hospitality, Trans. B. Stocker and F. Morlock. Angelaki 5(3): 3-18.

Strangers, Gods, and Hospitality (15 points)

  • Witzel, M. and S. Anand. (2012). Visiting Cities of the Hopi, Newar, and Marind-anim: A Comparative Study of Seasonal Myths and Rituals in Horticultural Societies. Cosmos: The Journal of the Traditional Cosmology Society 28: 19-55.
  • Pitt-Rivers, J. (2017). “From the love of food to the love of God.” In From Hospitality to Grace: A Julian Pitt-Rivers Omnibus, eds. G. da Col and A. Shryock, Pp. 275-300. Chicago: HAU Books.

Entheogens (20 points)

  • Rubenstein, S.L. (2012). On the Importance of Visions among the Amazonian Shuar. Current Anthropology 53(1): 39-79.
  • Wasson, R.G., A. Hofmann, and C.A.P Ruck. (1998 [1978]). The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries, 20th Anniversary ed., Pp. 28-30, 35-37, 42-68, 85-136. Los Angeles: Hermes Press.
  • Watch: Salton, M. (2017, Dec. 21). “Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom.” New York Times (https://nyti.ms/2DocDxF).

Mormon Psychedelics and “The Higher Powers” (20 points)

  • Selections from Smith, F.M. (1918). The Higher Powers of Man. Lamoni: Herald Publishing House.
  • Barnes, S.M. (1995). The Higher Powers: Fred M. Smith and the Peyote Ceremonies. Dialogue 28(4): 91-99.
  • Visit: http://www.peyoteway.org/history/index.php.

Vinification and Taste (15 points)

  • Silverstein, M. (2016). “The Semiotic Vinification and the Scaling of Taste.” In Scale: Discourse and Dimensions of Social Life, eds. E.S. Carr and M. Lempert, Pp. 185-212. Berkeley: University of California Press.