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Can Eating Maggi Create a More Equal Society?| Beyond the Classroom Series

Join Sociologist Amita Baviskar to discuss the many layers of meaning that instant packaged foods have in our society today.

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25 April, 2020 | 2 min read

In our seventh seminar of Beyond the Classroom, Amita Baviskar, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Environmental Studies will address the question “Can Eating Maggi Create a More Equal Society?”.

Think of Maggi noodles and either you shudder, saying “ugh, junk food!” or you feel a sense of familiar comfort.  Sociologist Amita Baviskar takes us beyond these usual responses to a closer look at the many meanings that instant packaged foods have in our society.  She explores how class and caste affect what we eat, how young people drive change, and how Baba Ramdev became an unlikely champion of instant noodles.

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Speaker Bio: 

Amita Baviskar, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Ashoka, did her PhD from Cornell.  Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development in urban and rural India.  Her most recent book is Uncivil City: Ecology, Equity and the Commons in Delhi.  Her path-breaking work has received wide acclaim, including the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences in 2010.

Please submit any questions to: btc@ashoka.edu.in

Time: 8:30-9:30 pm | Date: April 25, 2020 | Day: Saturday

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