The price of bread as a measure of urban stability
Food Studies Centre Arts and Humanities School of Oriental and African Studies
Investigating the everyday discourses and practices around bread preparation
Building on these observations, Dr. Katharina Graf aims to explore in detail the relationship be-tween the Moroccan state and its citizens as bread makers and consumers. Using an anthropological and ethnographic approach, the study will investigate the everyday discourses and practices around bread preparation, from agricultural production through to consumption. She will conduct interviews and examine how food travels through the food chain. "I will look at how the little things connect to bigger issues", she summarizes. "When people prepare bread, they choose between a large number of different flours and grains, some of which are local products while others are imported. These choices also reflect a political stance and can be used as indicators of ordinary people’s opinions about national policies around agriculture, import subsidies and export."
While the Moroccan context is certainly unique, there are many similarities with its Arab neigh-bours and other countries across the globe. In this sense, Dr. Katharina Graf's investigation will be relevant beyond Morocco. Furthermore, her investigation into Moroccan culture around bread consumption aims to strengthen our understanding of the role of food in urban stability in a broad sense. "The whole question around the sustainability of food is and will continue to be a hugely important issue, especially in the context of climate change", she points out. In order to make her findings accessible to the largest number of people, Dr. Katharina Graf plans to use innovative frames for dissemination such as a photo exhibition at the Brunei Gallery in London, poetry and comedy clubs, and even cookery classes.
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