How I Got Here
This blog started a few years ago under a different name, on a different blogging platform. I was looking for an outlet to talk about life, food, and whatever else I could think of. It was a great exercise, but after awhile I realized I wanted a more focused blog, but to still keep my recipes, so the Observer’s Table was created.
Who I Am
I want this to be a place where I can continue to talk about a food in the form of recipes, articles, books, and experiences. I also want to talk about my academic experiences as I embark on a MA in English, that I hope to follow up with a PhD in Anthropology. I want to talk in broad terms about research. I want a place where I can, in the words of Ruth Behar, to write about “that vulnerability we are still barely able to speak” (25).
People are inevitably multifaceted and in terms of what you may read on here I am a student with a BS in Anthropology, working on a MA in English with an emphasis in Migration Studies. I hope to one day complete a PhD in Anthropology. Currently, I day dream of practicing applied anthropology and working at an NGO or Not for Profit, like FoodCorp. I am also a wife and a military spouse, so my geographic location is determined by forces beyond my control. While I wait to start at PhD program, I have an amazing mentor who allows me to collaborate with her as she continues her own anthropological research.
My research focus has been food and how neoliberal globalization is changing the way we eat. Currently, I am looking at visual representations of food in popular media and how those commodified representations shape identity in transnational populations. I never paused to think about how embedded food is in so many parts of life before starting my studies.
Thankfully since I study food, I also happen to love food. So, you may see lots about food. As a lover of food, I am also a lover of exercise so I can continue to enjoy food.
As I live my own life and find myself observing more of the world around me, I am continually brought back to Ruth Behar’s moving words in her compilation of essays, The Vulnerable Observer, on how anthropology is not for the fainthearted, “We anthropologists – merely poor relatives of Pablo Neruda – leave behind our own trail of longings, desires, and unfulfilled expectations in those upon whom we descend. About that vulnerability we are still barely able to speak” (25). Here is my trail wrapped in all of the vulnerabilities experienced by observer and observed alike to share with you.
Behar, Ruth. The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996. Print.