Workshop: “Aporkalypse: whatever happened to soul food.”
Instructor: Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis
The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
In this workshop I wish to demonstrate and analyze the rise and fall of soul food. Such an analysis will concentrate on the metamorphoses of Black Southern culinary culture since slavery, through the 1960s Civil Rights Movement till the most recent trend – vegan soul food. Such an analysis will explore soul food’s symbolic value as both an affirmative marker of blackness and a simultaneous health liability to Black community.
Materials to be read and viewed before the meeting:
Soul Food. Directed by George Tillman Jr., performances by Vanessa Williams, Vivica Fox, Irma Hall, and Brandon Hammond. Twentieth Century Fox, USA. Twentieth Century Fox, 1997.
Slocum, Rachel. “Race in the Study of Food.” Progress in Human Geography, vol. 35, no. 3, 2010, pp. 303-327. [pdf]
Ferris, Marcie Cohen. “The Edible South: Introduction.” Southern Cultures, vol. 15, no. 4, Winter 2009, pp. 3-27. [pdf]