Food and the Senses

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Food and the Senses
Fall 2023
Taught By: Nadia Berenstein
Section: A

CRN: 14116

Credits: 3

This course offers a critical, historical perspective on food and the senses by investigating the complex multisensory phenomenon of flavor. We will consider flavor in its various historical, social, aesthetic, and technoscientific dimensions, and ruminate on how this complex, intimate sensory phenomenon informs the contemporary US (and global) food system. The course begins by investigating how flavor is made into a scientific, cultural, and phenomenological object, focusing on how 20th-century industrial food and its associated sciences have reshaped the embodied experience of eating and the values and meanings associated with gustatory pleasure. In the second half of the course, we will take a closer look at contemporary food and nutrition controversies through the lens of sensory history and critical science studies. This is an interdisciplinary course, and readings derive from a range of disciplines, including science studies, anthropology, history, cultural studies, and sociology.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:48pm EST 12/5/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 601
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023