The MA Anthropology of Food and Intensive Language from SOAS University of London is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of the anthropology of food with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their anthropological knowledge in a specific region by achieving proficiency in a language.
You will study the passage of food from plant to palate, and examine who benefits, and who suffers, from contemporary modes of food production, exchange, preparation, and consumption. You will also explore the role of food in human migrations, the formation of regional and national cuisines, and food fears and food safety and concerns over ‘nutrition transition’.
Debates over the impact of agricultural biotechnology on agrarian livelihoods and knowledge systems, as well as on the natural environment, are assessed. Movements toward organic agriculture, veganism and vegetarianism, fair trade, and slow food are also analysed.
An anthropological approach to the study of food draws upon and challenges the perspectives of other disciplines, whether agronomy or nutritional science, economics or law, history or literature.
This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates moving on to find employment in food-related government ministries, international organisations, development agencies, or non-governmental associations.
May be combined with:
The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Anthropology of Food
- South East Asian Languages: Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese
- Turkish (available from 2019/20)
Why study MA Anthropology of Food at SOAS?
- our Anthropology Department is ranked 5th in the UK and 13th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings
- we draw on the exceptional regional expertise of our academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and politics, many of whom have joined us with a practical working knowledge of their disciplines
- you will be joining our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia
- you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our optional modules and/or optional modules from other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language
- we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a second language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries
- Anthropology of Food: Politics, Place and Mobility
- Anthropology of Food: Diet, Society and Environment
- Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Migration, Space, Identities
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