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How did the anthropology of food emerge as a sub-discipline? Where has it been and where is it going? Thinking about those questions, and the fact that “food anthropology” did not exist as a specialization a mere 25 years ago, drove me to interview some of the leading figures in the field of food anthropology to find out how they got their start, what drove them to focus on food, and how they have seen the field develop in the course of their careers. With financial support and encouragement from the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), I videotaped these interviews and am housing them on the SAFN FoodAnthro website as a resource for future scholars.

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David Sutton interviews Richard Wilk for SAFN’s new Anthropology of Food video project. Sam Rowe-Sutton

I have already posted interviews with Richard Wilk, Carole Counihan, and Joelle Bahloul. Over the next several years I hope to add interviews with a number of others who have made contributions to food anthropology. For me, it has been a joy to explore the work of my colleagues in greater detail and to think about the trajectories of food anthropology and where it might be headed in the future. Contact me with thoughts.

David Sutton is a professor of anthropology at Southern Illinois University. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Cite as: Sutton, David. 2019. “Explore the Anthropology of Food Video Project.” Anthropology News website, November 1, 2019. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1298