Dishes of African and the African Diaspora
February 13 at 1:00 pm
This discussion will look at the African diet before colonization. What were the common spices used by Africans across the continent? How has colonization transformed food throughout the African Diaspora? Can food be decolonized? This event takes its audience on a culinary journey with speakers throughout the African Diaspora to discuss cooking techniques of the past and present.
Meet the Moderator:
Twanna Hodge (she/her/hers) is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida Libraries. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of the Virgin Islands and an MLIS from the University of Washington. Her research interests are diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility issues and efforts in the LIS curriculum and workplace, library residencies and fellowships, cultural humility in librarianship, and the retention of underrepresented and BIPOC library staff in librarianship. She is a 2013 Spectrum Scholar and 2018 ALA Emerging Leader.
Meet the Speakers:
Mustapha Mohammed is from Kumasi in Ghana. He obtained a BA and M.Phil. from the University of Ghana, where he later taught in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies for three years. Presently, he is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at UF. He also teaches Akan-Twi- language for the Center for African Studies. His doctoral research investigates the relationship between ironworking and social change in Northern Ghana during the middle ages (500 BC- 1400 AD).
Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research and teaching interests include cultural studies, material culture, food, women’s studies, and the social and cultural history of the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her books include Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World and the award-winning (American Folklore Society) Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power. Her new research explores food shaming and food policing in African American communities.