This assignment is one of the two “final” assignments for the course, due the Saturday after class (short extensions will be readily granted).
The main goal of this class is to help us think more critically about food and food history, particularly how it appears online, in Google searches for instance, which is how we often find (mis)information quickly.
Your research presentations will show you applying the analytical frameworks we learn in this class to a particular topic of your choice (anything vaguely related to food history, even if not American).
The default project is to pick a topic and report on the what you find on the first page of Google (or whatever) search results. Questions you’ll answer in your presentations:
What can they tell us about approaches/values/interests related to food in America?
Maybe the best way to think of what you’re doing: Imagine that you’re creating a writing guide for the first page of search results. You’re writing for someone interested in the topic, but hasn’t taken this class and therefore might not be aware of the many assumptions/biases/omissions/etc that can easily infiltrate and entire set of sources. Your job, therefore, is to help guide your curious but naive reader through the minefield of food history on the web.